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Thank God It’s Monday

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Draped in white lace I stood ready, waiting. The room brimmed with busyness around me as the bridesmaids clutched their bouquets and the mothers adjusted their corsages. The ceremony would begin any minute. All of a sudden, an eerie silence descended. As I searched the faces of my girlfriends, expressions of shock and horror stared back at ...

Seeing Each Other the Way Jesus Sees Us

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I like to say I grew up on the back of a motorcycle. My dad and his stepdad owned matching Suzukis and enjoyed weekend rides in the mountains of northwest Arkansas. I often went with them. We would leave in the early hours before the sun rose high enough to bake both pavement and shoulders. I'd wrap my arms around my daddy's waist and a bungee cord ...

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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No one stood up when the credits began to roll. Whispered wows mixed with the sound of sniffling as we reached for tissues, blinked our eyes, and stayed for just a moment longer. Like so many others, I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Childhood memories flooded back as the red trolley, the closet full of sweaters hung with care, ...

Always Look for the Stars

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When I was a little girl, I loved to watch the stars. Perhaps it was because I was afraid of the dark, but then what little girl isn’t? The stars always made the darkness feel a little bit more bearable. They were like flashlights from heaven, shining a little bit of light into my world when the sun was resting and the sky was dark. Some days ...