What We Say When Someone Dies

A few days after Prince died, I read an article on Entertainment Weekly about actor Will Smith’s reaction to the news. “I am stunned and heartbroken. I just spoke with him last night.” When I was in college, one of my high school girlfriends died in...

On Learning to Leave Things Behind

Sometimes you need a lot more margin than you plan for and last week was one of those times for me. I went dark online as I prepared to serve at a conference here in my hometown. I fight this inability to multi-task better. I mean, I had two babies at once! I could...

How to Have Eyes Outside Your Body

We stand for the sending song at the end of the service and I stare down at my shoes, remembering how I’m wearing my son’s socks this morning. Reaching up to tuck a stray lock of hair behind my ear, it hits me: Everyone else has a better idea of what my...