August 21, 2020

Exsanguination or bleeding out can take anywhere from two to eight minutes depending on the injury. If an artery in damaged it can take less than a minute. Covid 19 has rearranged our lives since March and for some, since January. We are experiencing a type of slow bleed with no permanent staunching of the blood in sight. It is impacting our physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual well being. We are depleted, our reserves, vanquished and back to school season… Read more

June 23, 2020

The world’s on fire, cinder and ash, pluming smoke rising as high as our hearts can see. Everyone shouts their throats hoarse, spitting anger, confusion, elevating their words to be heard over the clangs and gongs of justice gone wrong. This world is awash in misery and misdirection, desperate for a salve to stop the still-spilling wounds of bent and burning hearts. Call it what you will, but there’s one name that can’t be covered up: evil. It stalks this… Read more

June 10, 2020

“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.” West African proverb We interviewed Sheila Wise Rowe, author of Healing Racial Trauma – The Road to Resilience (InterVarsity Press, 2020) last January and talked about rage. Little did we know then that 2020 would usher in a year of misfortune, turmoil and tragedy unlike any other and it’s only June. In her book, Sheila opens her chapter entitled “Rage” with the West… Read more

May 6, 2020

In February, I came across a call to prayer and fasting written by pastors in Wuhan. I joined in prayer as I watched videos of residents there, confined to their high-rise apartments, flipping their light switches on and off and shouting jia you from their balconies. I learned that phrase when I lived in China as a student and nonprofit worker. Jia you literally means “add oil.” Similar to give it some gas, let’s go, or rock on, it’s the… Read more

April 22, 2020

When Loneliness Sets In Is the loneliness setting in yet? Do you feel lonelier now than you did a few weeks ago? Or maybe you notice your loneliness more now because life is shifting and shaking and turning upside down, and what you usually do to distract yourself from loneliness is no longer an option or no longer working. Our pandemic moment is forcing me to inhabit my loneliness with less discomfort and explore my belonging with more curiosity. Belonging… Read more

April 16, 2020

The once theoretical idea of “wilderness” has now hit home. Plans and long awaited celebrations, canceled. Organized sporting events for all ages, wiped from the calendar. Schools, organizations, stores and even churches forced to close their doors to secure the health and safety of others. In this time of crisis we are all feeling the grave impacts in one way or another. We find ourselves in an unknown wilderness we’ve never experienced before, and we ask ourselves, for how long?… Read more

April 7, 2020

It is a very strange thing to be releasing a book with ‘hugs’ in the title at a time when the whole world can’t come within six feet of each other, much less figure out whether they’ll opt for greeting with a bear hug, awkward side hug, or the classic handshake. Even the elbow bump greetings of a few weeks ago are ill-advised in this season where loving our neighbor means keeping our distance. A friendly wave will do just… Read more

March 31, 2020

One night after dinner at a local Chinese restaurant, just as my husband and I reached our vehicle parked at the side of the road, a car of laughing young people rolled past. We heard shouts of what I can only imagine was meant to be fake Chinese, then an egg came whizzing toward us. Deliberately but poorly aimed, the egg missed us and missed our vehicle, and the car of young people turned the corner and disappeared. At the… Read more

March 23, 2020

Last week’s email reminded me that not everyone sees me as a peer. The woman who wrote it is a lovely young woman. Actually, she’s middle aged. Crinkles warm the corners of her hazel eyes, set in still-smooth ivory skin, and a streak of white rushes through her long black hair. Since I’ve never had children, I think of just about everyone as some kind of peer because the milestones which mark the lives of parents do not mark my life. Sometimes… Read more

March 14, 2020

If you are fearful and anxious, you may be able to mask it well for years. In fact, you may mask it so well that you don’t even recognize it as a problem, but eventually it will catch up with you and affect your emotional, spiritual and physical well being. Once I recognized my own anxiety, I began to see it everywhere, in everyone and now that we are facing a pandemic, anxiety is running wild and free. Fear and… Read more

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