Christianity Category

How Strong Are You?

The US has been riding a wave of women’s rights recently, preaching and promoting the strength of women.  And I am absolutely all for that. Until it comes at the expense of women.  Which it frequently seems to do, unnoticed.  It flies under the radar so much that women often cheer for the things that […]

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The Intent of Advent

Every year around this time, my mom would dig out a calendar and hang it on the wall.  She used the same one, year after year.  It was made of green cloth, and the top half was covered in some sort of colorful Christmas-themed picture. Yet, unlike other yearly agendas, this one only charted the […]

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Cry, Cry My Beloved Child

Imagine you’re unable to move or speak.  Your stomach churns violently, constricting on itself.  You have no ability to feed yourself.  You can’t even form words to tell someone about your hunger.  The pangs yank harder in your belly.  What would you do? My daughter cries.  And I don’t blame her.  She is not capable […]

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Childbirth Through the Eyes of a Soon-to-be-Mom

“I am never going to have kids!” I declared decisively.  I had been awakened to the gruesome torture of childbirth that day in my middle school health class.  I watched as a small creature slowly stretched its way from a woman’s most sensitive area.  Then as the doctor yanked the being from the dark prison, […]

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Branded

I drive down the street and see a sign with golden arches and a jolly, redheaded clown.  Immediately, my mind recalls the last time I chucked a chicken nugget into my mouth.  I remember how my baby girl leapt in the womb when I shoved a fistful of French fries down my esophagus.  And, almost […]

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Why…?

Little kids often go through an inquisitive phase that wreaks havoc on their parents’ hairlines.  “Why?” they ask.  Not once.  Not twice.  Always. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do dogs bark?” “Why does Melissa get to watch R-rated movies and I don’t?” Fortunately my parents’ brown locks still sprout from their scalp, refusing to […]

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

“My grandma has a shrine to Mary in her bedroom,” my friend divulged over dinner. His maternal grandmother had been raised Catholic in a Mexican culture, and because of her Catholic roots, she worshiped Mary – or so this friend implied.  I could tell that this man, a passionate follower of Christ, loved his grandmother […]

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There’s Something About Mary

My husband placed his hand gently on my belly, hoping this would be the day he’d feel his first child move.  For weeks, I had bonded with the life inside my womb.  I had felt her tumble and bounce, kick and play. Each thrash of her hand or foot made my heart accelerate. Each flutter […]

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Is Christianity Simply Science Fiction?

In a society domineered by an insatiable hunger for the undead and a fancy for all sorts of science fiction, I can’t help but see the similarities between my faith and this fantastical fad.  I turn to scripture and find miraculous works of magic, supernatural powers, and an eternal battle between good and evil.  From […]

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Eat This, Not That

“I believe who you are and how you live should raise questions,” the old monk said to us.  “Then, you can turn those questions into conversations about living a life dedicated to God.”  Time had stolen color from his hair and paling face, but not from his spirit.  Passion overflowed from his lips as he […]

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