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There Are No Strangers

There Are No Strangers

The sun, already sinking, gave a last gasp of light and disappeared. I zipped up my coat as night crept into the garden. I should go home, I thought, but the peas I’d sown still needed watering. I turned the nozzle to a soft spray for them. A noise behind me turned my...
In the Cells and Sinews

In the Cells and Sinews

Are you here, God? I wondered, lifting the dumbbells up over my head. I can’t feel you. I feel only embarrassment. I looked around at the others in the exercise class: all younger and stronger. “Of course, I’m here, Sparrow,” God whispered into...
Don’t Worry. Everything Will Be Okay.

Don’t Worry. Everything Will Be Okay.

Years ago, after my marriage failed and I was raising my four children on my own, I went to sleep, exhausted. Hours later, something roused me from my dreams. I sat up, wiping the sleep from my eyes. My friend Kenny sat on the edge of the bed, smiling. To say I was...
Dominion

Dominion

I hammered a new birdbath into the flowerbed in the garden. A hummingbird sat on the fence wire, watching. “This is for you, my little friend,” I said and smiled. “But you’ll have to share with the bees and butterflies,” The hummingbird...
Don’t Ever Stop

Don’t Ever Stop

“With so many of us talking at you, do your ears ever get tired, God?” I asked after a rather long prayer I had offered up. “Never,” He answered. “Your voices are part of the threads that knit creation.” “That’s an...