Seventy Times Seven: How Abuse Changes Forgiveness

“In white culture, forgiveness is synonymous with letting go. In my culture, I believe we carry pain until we can reconcile with it through ceremony. Pain is not framed like a problem with a solution. I don’t even know that white people see transcendence the way we do. I’m not sure that their dichotomies apply... Continue Reading →

Our Father…Why?

I used to question the way David approached God in the Psalms. He sounds almost accusatory. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? Psalm 13:1 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity and I have trusted in the LORD without... Continue Reading →

If You Do Not Go With Me

If you do not go with me, Do not send me up from here. I cannot bear to go alone. I need your hand to bring me home. If you do not go with me, Do not send me from this place. Be the lamp who guides my feet, Through laughter and the bittersweet. If you do... Continue Reading →

Time of Prayer

Teach me to stay on my knees, Not to watch the ticking clock. Teach me to enjoy our time. Make me wish the world to stop. Help me also Lord to see, When your answer finally comes, That you know what's best for me, To say, "Amen. Thy will be done." © Rachel Svendsen 2015

Merry Christmas Little Angel

Merry Christmas Little Angel, Looking down from Heaven above. Mommy's arms are aching for you, Wishing she could show her love. I know you have a sweeter view, In a painless, perfect place. Half my heart is happy for you, Half just wants to touch your face. God please hold my baby for me, Give... Continue Reading →

Sonnet: John 14:1-6

Let not your heart be troubled God reminds, Our life is hid with Jesus Christ on high. So brethren let us shake the ties that bind, Us fast onto things that can't satisfy. Our tears and sufferings may drag us low, And make us feel devoid of hope or song, But Jesus left us here... Continue Reading →

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