Guilt Laid Bare

Guilt Laid Bare

As a physician-in-training in the late 1970s, I rotated among a variety of inner-city public hospitals, honing clinical skills with patients who were grateful to have someone, anyone, care enough to take care of them. There were plenty of street people who needed to...
Closet Confession

Closet Confession

I confess. I love shoes. They were the last thing I bought before the pandemic hit. But they were bought in secret. With a credit card. An expensive pair of sandals I had been eyeing for a while. While on vacation in a city with my favorite store, I caved in. It was...
Tissue Box Confessional

Tissue Box Confessional

I was led into the conference room and seated at a massive table that filled most of the room. The solitary item on the table, a tissue box, was the first thing to catch my eye. Foreshadowing shows up in real life too, not just the movies.  I didn’t want to be sitting...
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)...
Choosing Growth & Grace

Choosing Growth & Grace

I sneak out early to the deck, before anyone is awake. There’s an old plastic lawn chair, and beside it an antique white and black enamel table where I set my first cup of coffee. I bring my Bible, but instead of reading, I watch the lake and talk to God. There is a...
Resting After Releasing

Resting After Releasing

Our family calendar is peculiar these days, marked by the sort of events that blur the present and practically obliterate the future. Right now we are necessarily all about plans and anticipation that will result in an empty nest, and we therefore can’t really...

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