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September 28, 2008


Press Photos/Delbridge Langdon Jr. GRAND RAPIDS — Standing over a teenage gunshot victim, Jill Johnson prayed the young man would survive a wound to his chest and hoped two suspects implicated would find salvation from their evil. She knew by looking at David Witherspoon, a 16-year-old Creston High School student, that at least one of […]

tragedy and prayer and each other

September 27, 2008


A teenager was gunned down yesterday in my neighborhood, senselessly. Stuggling to make sense of things, struggling to find comfort, we are left helpless except for prayer and each other.Time heals visible pain, but invisible pain is carried throughout life. It becomes a part of who we are. Below are a number of thoughts and […]

this prey of grace

September 5, 2008


Education has taught me to think, to analyze, to make sense of things. I was wonderfully made with a thinking mind that was meant to be used. I was raised in a religion that was unthinking, conservative, fundamentalist. Don’t think, don’t question, don’t doubt, just believe. As my mind awakened under the tutelage of such […]

hound of heaven

September 5, 2008


I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears I hid from Him, and under running laughter. Up vistaed hopes I sped; And shot, precipitated, Adown Titanic glooms […]