Author Archives: Rachel

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Here, I’ll Show You

“Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m so glad you reached out tonight. Would you mind sharing your name?” I spend at least four hours of my week typing those exact words over and over, responding to text after text from total strangers in crisis. Crises come in many shapes and sizes, but most everyone […]

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Praying Namaste in Church

Someone once asked me if I believe that God still speaks to us in words, out loud, like it seems like he must have done in Biblical times. I said I thought he mostly used his People, full of his Spirit, to talk for him these days, but that I didn’t rule out his audible […]

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Jesus, Immigrants, and The Great Wall of Mexico

We were about halfway through Green Eggs and Ham, laboriously sounding out the words, identifying the vocabulary, looking at the pictures. The girls I sat with focused hard and leaned close to their books around the table, even though the text should have been easy for them at nine and ten years old. But these hard-working ladies […]

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The Prayer of Joseph of Arimathea

I meant to post this small prayer on Saturday while we all waited for Easter, but here we are three days later and I’m just now getting around to it, which feels about right for a post like this. I was inspired by Mark 15:43 to write this prayer, the prayer of Joseph of Arimathea, […]

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Good Gifts and Tight Fists

It has been a really great year, but it has been not so good of a week, and it is only Tuesday. Yesterday, I rear ended another car on my way home from work, less than a mile from my apartment. Then today I woke up at 2 in the morning with a stomach bug […]

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We’re Not Listening to the Story

I co-teach Sunday school to the four year olds at my church and it is consistently one of the highlights of my week. These little ones are so precious and generous with their love and I have loved getting to know their hearts this year. But more than that, getting to tell the Story of […]

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Sorry, I Mean Thank You

If you’ve spent any amount of time with me in person, you’ve probably noticed I apologize a lot. I say, “Sorry?” to my students when they don’t speak up. I apologize for asking to leave early or overstaying my welcome, for arriving too early or too late, for showing up at all half the time. […]

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Light.

It’s a new year, and things have been strangely quiet around here so far. I’ve discovered that while I love to write about the beauty in the brokenness and finding joy in waiting, I don’t know yet what to say about finding joy in beauty. That is to say: the world is more beautiful and […]

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Advent and Getting Lost

When I was little, my church used to have family retreats in upstate New York at a tired little camp in the middle of the winter. My family would go every year and sing in the talent show, spend a few nights falling out of our rickety bunk beds onto each other, and playing on […]

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Church Signs and Sucker Punches

I passed a little church not far from my apartment the other day. I didn’t register the name of the church or the denomination. I don’t think I know anyone who attends and I don’t know anything about what their services are like. All I know about them is what their sign out front said. […]