Fierce Mama

No meek and mild lady,no pasty, polite socialite —This one, a woman after God’s own heart,brave virgin girl,clips the string of expectations,snips the cord of cultural norms, carves space in the depths of her being—Falls into a wide open, “YES”,stretches into wily woman. Shesteps toward the one who embraces,supports her in tender growth.Together, wombs leap, life sparks.Now, this one, fire in her belly,glorifies God amid trial,stands tall for justice.She moves to the rhythm of mercy,the song of the Spirit.This one, fierce mama,births brilliance in open air, ina span of dirt and crumbs.She and her beloved area mysterious, spectacle of love.Wise…

God’s Love Remains

Last week, I wrote about resting in uncertainty in restless times. I began to think about Scripture as the source we can look to remind ourselves of God’s restoration. From the beginning, God shows up as a loving God who doesn’t oppress but frees. When evil lurks, God is in the midst rising up new leadership. When people are hungry, God provides manna. Where other systems use the high and mighty, God uses the outcast and least of these. When people fail God, God forgives and gives another chance. Our faith lies in a God who restores peace and wholeness…

Read On, Friends!

I haven’t always been a reader of Scripture. In fact, it was only about eight years ago when I was slowly introduced to reading the Bible. I remember sitting in a typical Sunday school setting with fellow churchgoers discussing John Ortberg’s book, “If You Want to Walk On Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.” This book was on the eleven verses of Scripture when Peter walks on water toward Jesus during the dawn of a windy day. I was blown away that an entire BOOK was written on (essentially) eleven verses of Scripture! Rather than discuss, I…