6 Wasted Years?

I’m going to turn 33 on September 29th. I will also be marking 6 years since my life took a drastic change. Naturally, I’m reflecting. 🙂 On September 28th, we will be celebrating the 6th anniversary of the birthday party we threw at Union Station. That day in late September of 2008, I saw a miracle… Read more »

Abandonment Issues – reflections on the death of a sibling, 24 years later

On June 23, 1990 my 12-year-old sister, Stacia Cressa, lost a 5 month and 1 day battle with cancer.  At the age of 8 years old, my world shifted so traumatically that I believe the loss of Stacia has colored every relationship and life decision since. I’ve often wondered over the last 24 years what… Read more »

The Kingdom of God is at the Gate

This morning I was reading in Matthew 13 a bunch of different ways Jesus was describing the Kingdom of God to his disciples. I have heard all of these parables before – but this morning I saw myself in them a little differently – particularly these two examples: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden… Read more »

Can True Community Make Us Suicidal?

I just got home from church where I sobbed nearly the whole time.  I’m up in the attic that we’ve transformed into a chapel space and listening to a soothing Pandora station where Cademon’s Call is expressing my pain: The prince of despairs been beaten Lord But the loser still fights Death’s on a long… Read more »

The Legacy of a Peacemaker

“Who smells like grape bubblegum?!” I asked a line of folks waiting to eat at a soup kitchen one summer day in 2011. Anthony was the culprit, as he showed me his grape cigarello. That was the beginning of one of the closest friendships I have been gifted in Uptown. A few weeks after meeting… Read more »

Who Will Love Them?

But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to… Read more »

Christ, My Autistic Neighbor

  Thursday morning the doorbell rang. “Hi Sheryl. I want you and Jordan and Rachel to meet me at Benny’s tonight between 4:30 and 6. I will buy you something to eat and drink.” I love listening to Warren talk – especially considering how many years it’s taken him to open up enough to talk… Read more »

Tears of Confession

Tears have been following me around lately. They show up at work, at home, and often when I’m just walking through my neighborhood listening to Derek Webb or Jon Foreman on Pandora. They appear over a shared meal, or in a phone call. Last night they were present during my dreams – I willed myself… Read more »

Unimaginable Consequences

Tonight our record-breaking 14th Holiday Feast was held here at the JUSTembrace hospitality house. It never should have happened. I’m going to share a story and some deep emotion that I’m currently in the midst of, so please take the following with a warning of its honesty. This morning we held our monthly foot clinic…. Read more »

Here’s the Dirt

This past Sunday, I was attending a new faith community in my neighborhood when I heard Scripture and a sermon that helped something very important click for me. It’s a story Jesus tells about a sower sowing seed.  Jesus tells the story, then He unpacks it for his followers a little later.  You can read… Read more »