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Darkness/Light

For years, one of my favorite Advent rituals was to curate and post some version of the following on Instagram: There was something...

Maybe I'm not that bad

Today's Readings The “Golden Rule” is supposed to be simple. 1) Love God, with all of you, 2) love others, as much as you love yourself....

Thérèse, Josephine, Jane, and Me

The first time a therapist used the word trauma to describe my suffering I was stunned. I had just made peace with even going to therapy!...

Part 2 - Wounded, Scarred, and Radiant

Content Warning: medical trauma, birth trauma, mental health, suicidal ideation This is the second part in a 2-part essay. For the first...

Boundaries, please!

In March 2020, I was teaching third grade in suburban Chicago. On Friday, March 13th, we were given directions to send home belongings...

Kicking to the Surface

I had someone ask me not long ago why I decided to take medication for my mental health. I was already in therapy. Why did I suddenly...

In Our Heaviness

Life is heavy and I’m not okay. The emotional impact of the past two years of infertility has caught up with me. The loss of our unborn...

A Church that Loves

Today’s Readings “I’m useless.” “My mental illness makes me a burden.” “Until I’m healed, I don’t have anything to offer those around...

Quiet! Come Out!

Today's Readings Not sleeping well is a habit in my family. Most of us have the gift of trying to fall asleep and instead doing inventory...