Tag Archives: Christ

I’ll Have Another Slice of Mercy

Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays growing up. I ignored the “giving thanks” part, and was focused on one thing: Preparing to eat as much food as humanly possible. Each year, I’d sit down in front of a wonderful … Continue reading

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God: Friend or Supplier?

A middle-aged woman, ridden with AIDS, looks at us with frustrated tears in her eyes. She is at her breaking point, weighed down by illness, family concerns, and has relapsed into drug use.  The former joy present in her face … Continue reading

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How Quickly We Forget…

A young man leaves the courtroom excited because his electronic monitoring device will finally be removed from his ankle, allowing him to leave his home. It is as though he has earned wings. Within a week, we receive the phone … Continue reading

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(Un)Making Sense of Things

We walk into the apartment to signs that would normally bring delight: baby bottles on top of the microwave and Enfamil cans below; bouncy chairs in the living room and bright colors all around. Today, however, there is no joy. … Continue reading

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Disposable.

We live for things that are disposable: diapers, napkins, containers, cleaning products, and the like. These items are just so darn convenient because we no longer have to fix anything. Instead, we throw it away—no clean up, no preservation, and … Continue reading

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Christmas Gifts

The anticipation is finally over. That box below the tree that you shook for weeks has been revealed. Your living room has been destroyed with torn wrapping paper and the men in your life, young and old, have all disappeared … Continue reading

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Will You be the Hope?

A twenty-something African-American male steps onto the stage, face clenched to deflect pain, eyes chilled with hatred. He starts his poetry slam blending words, slurs, and rhymes of anger with the intelligence and creativity equal to a sheltered academic crafting … Continue reading

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Chains

Image via Wikipedia Strolling through the sidewalks, the poverty is palpable.  Boarded-up homes are more common than not, garbage overcomes the front lawns where children play, and multiple families all huddle under the same small roof.  The presence of gangs … Continue reading

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