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Come Closer, Pain, and Teach Me

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"This is so stupid! Why am I being so ridiculous. It's just babysitting! Why am I being such a baby about it?" And with those words, I was swiftly kicking anxiety and sleeplessness and stomach-knots as far away from myself as possible. "Go away! I don't want you. Stop it." The anxiety attacks began pretty quickly after I had agreed to babysit ...

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The Panhandler’s Breath

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He slipped in sideways between the closing elevator doors, as if he were late to a meeting; he pressed the “5” without looking. Instead of suit and tie, though, baggy pants and faded navy hung on his tall, slim frame. His stealth entry stiffened the hairs on the back of my neck. I had noticed him a few seconds earlier, just after we had ...

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Sacrifice Precedes Belonging

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I think of her fervently two times a year. My birthday and Mother’s Day. I imagine her young, scared and alone. Living a hard situation in a dark place without many options. So, she made a choice. She couldn’t keep me, so she did what she thought was best. I’ve never seen her; I’ve never uttered her name. She is a stranger. She is my mom. She ...

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When our kids were little, Easter morning meant baskets full of chocolate bunnies and bright plastic eggs hidden between the sofa cushions. But the first Easter morning? Another story entirely. An amazing one. The women who loved and served Jesus woke before dawn, quickly dressed, and gathered their fresh spices in woven-reed baskets, eager ...