Miller: God, the mother who loves us best

May 8, 2019 by

In a bare, block-walled room I see them: young mothers. Their faces hang in that state of half-life between breath and desire, hungry. “Do you have any children?” I ask them. “How many?” “How old are...

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Yoder-Short: Trust not the foxes

May 22, 2017 by

Ten baby chicks arrived at our house along with a flock of childhood memories. I grew up where banties roamed the barnyard, and spring included clucky mothers with newly hatched chicks. As I put our chicks in...

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Bible: Songs of miraculous love

Mar 27, 2017 by

Of all the musical settings of Psalm 23 that I enjoy, the tune and text that resonate most deeply for me is “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” (No. 589 in Hymnal: A Worship Book). The text, set to an early...

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Beginning Advent with lament

Dec 9, 2014 by

A cry of anguish is heard in Ramah — weeping and mourning unrestrained, Rachel weeps for her children, Refusing to be comforted — For they are dead. – Matt. 2:18 I first wrote a longer version of this...

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My foster parenting story

Sep 4, 2014 by

When my husband Gabe and I decided it was time to grow our family by trying to get pregnant, we had no idea what our journey would be or what our family would look like three years later. After over a year of...

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