Family Talk

Family Talk

We unthinkingly live the narratives that we are raised with or we rail against them. When you are the parent, you craft the stories. As our children move toward adulthood, we often miss the necessary shift in order to have robust and respectful relationships with...
The Church & Sex

The Church & Sex

I was 14 when I was first pressured to have sex with my boyfriend. As a young impressionable woman without the moral guidelines of the Bible, I allowed romance movies and novels to provide the lens through which I interpreted the meaning of sex. It was clearly 1)...
Curiosity: A Christian Virtue

Curiosity: A Christian Virtue

As ambassadors of hope and healing in a broken world, curiosity can serve Christians well. Since we’ll never arrive at a full knowledge of God’s divine attributes and plans, curiosity serves to illuminate our faith journeys with previously uncomprehended truth. The...
A Prayer for the Nation

A Prayer for the Nation

My piano teacher slid onto the piano bench beside me, but neither of us touched the keys. The studio was unnaturally quiet. My weekly lessons were usually filled with simple sonatas and easy etudes as Hallee encouraged me, an adult beginner, to relax my hands and lean...
Mary Coston Wise

Mary Coston Wise

Finally, I see you. Weathered black, white shades of brown. I weep from longing.   You are eighteen with furrowed brow wearing your Sunday best.   It’s Accomack County graduation day 1935. Did you know your arms,  legs crossed, could not shield you  from...
I’m Here for Them, Too

I’m Here for Them, Too

“He liked BINGO,” Mom told me between bites of lemon oregano chicken. “What’s that?” I asked. Mom’s dysarthria, an unwelcome leftover from her stroke four years ago, sometimes makes it hard for me to understand her. “Can you say it again?” “He liked BINGO,” Mom...

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