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Imma Let You Finish But: The Problem with Interrupting Mary

A few days ago writer D.L. Mayfield wrote in The Washington Post about the power of Mary's Magnificat -- and the all-too-common silencing of Mary, particularly in white evangelical environments. When it comes to the Magnificat, the song proclaimed by Mary while she was pregnant with Jesus, today's public usages of the passage often end… Continue reading Imma Let You Finish But: The Problem with Interrupting Mary

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Advent 2: A Sonnet

I've barely squeezed out a sonnet for the week (2 hours before the week ends, at least in my time zone). But somehow I did it! Collect for Advent 2: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings… Continue reading Advent 2: A Sonnet

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Advent 1: A Sonnet

I used to write poetry. A few poems in middle school, a few more in high school, and a few semesters worth (enough to get me rather burnt-out) in college. These days, I don't write poetry, although I continue to write poetically. And as of today? Apparently I write sonnets based on collects (pronounced coll-ects… Continue reading Advent 1: A Sonnet

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On Grandmas and Hospitals and the Ministry of Presence

I'm pretty sure my grandma is invincible. At 93 years old, she's broken bones, to be sure, and been sick an average amount. But she just keeps living -- the kind of living that just never gives up, laughs at the little things, prays about all the things.      But this Wednesday she was taken to… Continue reading On Grandmas and Hospitals and the Ministry of Presence

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The Gift of Advent

As a kid, I'm pretty sure Advent meant little more to me than the chocolate-filled calendars that Grandmother sent over around Thanksgiving (which I've since learned to be liturgically inaccurate, as they tend to start on December 1st regardless of whether that's the actual first Sunday of Advent). There was an Advent wreath off to… Continue reading The Gift of Advent