When Your World Crashes In

When Your World Crashes In

We were at a movie theater when a phone call changed the trajectory of our evening. One of those phone calls when the world seems to crash in around you, and the only choice you have at the moment is to sink or swim. Have you received those phone calls, the...
The Kindness Wall

The Kindness Wall

      “Mrs.  Yoder, you have tears in your eyes,” my 4th grade students said.         “Yes, they are happy tears,” I said. “You guys made my heart happy” and I made a little symbol with my hands over my heart.         “You...
When You’ll Be Fine is the Wrong Answer

When You’ll Be Fine is the Wrong Answer

I’m afraid, she said. I’m anxious something will go wrong. Will you pray with me? Though I knew Moriah’s fears were unlikely to be realized, I hesitated to persuade her otherwise. What she needed in the moment wasn’t a “you’ll be...

Jesus with Skin On

Through the years, community has meant different things to me. I live in the community in which I was raised. There’s safety and familiarity in knowing those around you, in others knowing where you’ve been and to whom you belong. I experienced community when my child...

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