“The Breathless Hurry Isn’t For Our Family”



“In the months since that night, I have not found many answers to my initial fears. I still don’t know where I fit, what I am to do, or how people will respond. This story is so precious to me that I initially held it close to protect it from being spoiled by the criticism and opinions of others.”

“But I realized that I’ve gone from hiding it to hiding from it… and from you.”

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“I know where to go, rather than the pantry when I am lonely. I know how to breathe deep into the empty space inside me, that space that does not want calories but words and time and touch. I know how to bend my knee when I think that salt and sugar would surely suffice.”

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“My marriage has instead brought out the best in me. I am stronger and more courageous. I am bolder. I am more loving. I am more of who I was meant to be because of the way that tall Nebraskan has loved me well. And I believe that I have done the same for him. It’s been fifteen years since we fell in love, thirteen since we were married: our marriage and our family works because we submit to one another.”

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“I’m not calling that way of doing life wrong, but life isn’t One Size Fits All, and the breathless hurry isn’t for our family.”

* * * * *

“It’s just a regular Monday. The world over are strings and tambourines. Rivers turn solid ground beneath beasts. Flowers bloom and dance. Dew flashes, and snowflakes form uniquely, altogether new, by the millions of billions. We are new creations all the time.  Our faith isn’t yet supposed to be made to be sight.”

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