Category: Spiritual Life

Thursday Morning Sabbath

Editor’s Note: For the month of August, ESA will be taking sabbath hours for half the day every Friday. As we strive to incorporate the rhythms of rest into our work, we’ll be making...

The High Places

By Amy Knorr My eyes are drawn to the treetops, the clouds, the high places. That nest at the tippy-top of the huge maple on the way to my daughter’s school…I see it. The...

What Is the Church?

By Kaitlin B. Curtice The Early Church You think because you understand “one” you must understand “two,” because one and one make two. But you must also understand “and.” —Sufi saying In our early...

Hidden Identity

By Kelley Nikondeha As an adopted person I’ve lived with the reality of a hidden history. My origin story remains unknown to me, sealed by a court order for almost 50 years now. I...

Not Safe, But Good

By Elrena Evans My daughter’s first year of Vacation Bible School, she decided halfway through the week that she didn’t want to be a Christian. I learned about her decision from a teen volunteer,...

Fences or Wells?

By John Seel Millennials are abandoning the traditional church. But they are not abandoning spirituality. Is there a way to reconnect the two? The answer may be found by looking at cattle ranchers. There...

How Pausing Is Kindness

By Prasanta Verma   i will tell you now how pausing is kindness.     pausing is the white space, white space around words. pausing is the margins on a page, a space created...

Tethered

By Amy Knorr The miles on the GPS ticked down as we drove. I should have been happy. Fewer miles means closer to home, right? But somehow, the rolling numbers felt like the pull...