When the Next Chapter Is Darkness

When the Next Chapter Is Darkness

Madeleine L’Engle, the celebrated author of A Wrinkle in Time (winner of the 1963 Newbery Award for Children’s Literature) knew the darkness of loss, particularly in relationships, only too well. When her son Bion died in 1999, here was a story Madeleine couldn’t...
The Gift of Great Literature

The Gift of Great Literature

Many of us, when charting the timeline of our lives, can point to a moment when a story or poem happened. It happened the way an accident or a record-breaking snowfall happened: it was perhaps expected, perhaps not. One moment we were performing the usual...
The Art of Desegregation

The Art of Desegregation

I knew that my future husband, Tom, was a different kind of guy when he announced on one of our first dates, “So, I have this lifelong mission statement.” First of all, anyone who knows my husband is not surprised. Tom is nothing if not intentional. Everything from...
Advent in Michigan

Advent in Michigan

In time, the sons of men filled the earth with their evil deeds. And God beheld the desolate wastes the soiled streets the bitter brown of barren fields and the sin of the world cut him to the heart.   “I will blot from the earth the memory of these things....
Writing Well in a Season of Lament

Writing Well in a Season of Lament

Recently I had the privilege of editing a collection of writings for the seasons of Lent and Easter, which meant I got to read a lot of great books. And by a lot, I mean hundreds. Every time I went to the local library to pick up materials on hold, the librarian would...