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Thoughts on Creating

In the depths grows something wild. An impregnating of desire for creation. This impulse to create and give beauty to the world is insatiable because we have been designed to do so. Our mind, soul, and bodies are connected in a purposeful way. Our souls give vision, our minds give instructions, and our hands give life to creation. Art cannot …

When Joy Came

[Disclaimer: The names in this short story have been changed to protect the identity of children currently in foster care here in El Paso County.] She slowly peered around the corner of the doors, cautiously taking each step at a time. The adult with the microphone cheerfully screamed her name and she searched the crowd of unfamiliar adults to see …

This Table

This table sits in our kitchen, dwarfing our already small space. There were two things we both wanted when we moved into our home: a front porch swing so we could be easily seen and accessible to our neighbors and a table that would fit our growing community and family around it. We shopped around trying to find the perfect …

Water the Grass

Last night my husband Brian and I, along with our friend Peter, sat in the hotel room of a couple we know from living here in Colorado Springs. Adam and Lindsey Nubern made the crazy/amazing decision a year and a half ago to pack their belongings and begin traveling the world. They have since returned to the U.S. and are …

The Woman and the Dirty Jacket

Our eyes roamed the auditorium as we searched for the seats we wanted. Seats selected, we were halfway down the main aisle when my husband and I turned to look at each other because we both were simultaneously hit with a strong odor. Reading my facial expression, my husband noted “smells like horse manure” and we started glancing around at the …

Messy Hands

This past Sunday was the beginning of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas that celebrates the coming of Christ. In our church service we lit the first of four candles for Advent, a symbol of our anticipation and hope of Christ’s coming. In front of us sat a young couple with their toddler daughter, a tiny winter-clothed bundle …