Descendants

Descendants

by Ruminate Magazine March 13, 2019

Emily Stoddard's poem "Descendants" appears in Issue No. 50: What Sustains.

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Poem in Which Jesus Christ Sprains His Knee Fishing in Bethsaida

Poem in Which Jesus Christ Sprains His Knee Fishing in Bethsaida

by Renee Long March 12, 2019

He twists it good, too. He wasn’t paying sharp attention to the angle of his foot / As he pulled the boat to shore. He pins his foot beneath the hull, moves his /Hips the wrong way, the knee slips. Down he goes...

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Roof Clearing

Roof Clearing

by Guest Blogger March 07, 2019 1 Comment

Choreographed like a dance, pairs of officers asked each protester to leave, recorded their refusal, helped them stand, cuffed their hands behind their backs, and walked them to the waiting vans. Reverend Allison, third from the last to be arrested, chatted with those seated next to her, at times laughing as if they were waiting for an outdoor summer performance to begin.

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“Love of the Thing Sung and Not of the Singing:” On Ambition

“Love of the Thing Sung and Not of the Singing:” On Ambition

by Aaron Brown March 05, 2019

For everything I’ve accomplished in life, for every small victory, I find myself continually pushing myself to do better. That insatiable, ambitious ego within me—something so many writers have at their core—demands results, and quickly.

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To Remake the World: A Review of Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else

To Remake the World: A Review of Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else

by Guest Blogger February 28, 2019

In Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else...Mock explores gender equality, singleness, body image, and other cultural expectations that manifest inequity, courageously advocating for a world that embraces all people...Worthy...call[s] upon Christians to “remake the church from within..."

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Hyssop and Cedarwood

Hyssop and Cedarwood

by Guest Blogger February 26, 2019 2 Comments

My dress with the muddy hem is in the laundry and a garbage can full of empty bottles is still in the backyard. I’m happy I didn’t do a face plant and join what must be thousands of wedding mishaps on YouTube.

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for the love of lowly things (for mary)

for the love of lowly things (for mary)

by Céline Chuang February 21, 2019 4 Comments

 I knew Mary Oliver's work well enough to mourn her, to recall the way some poems snag you with their fishhook beauty and won’t let you go until you have reckoned with them. Perhaps most of all, the sacred imperative to give your whole self to a place and time—the endless and proper work of paying attention.

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Creative Risks

Creative Risks

by Brianna Van Dyke February 14, 2019

It's scary to take creative risks, but I believe these risks help remind us to play and to stay vulnerable, nimble, and curious in our work. 

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I'll Leave the Light on for You

I'll Leave the Light on for You

by Judith Dupree February 12, 2019 9 Comments

I have lived a long life in a world too few would recognize now. I reckon, by today’s standards, it was “old fashioned.” Simplistic? We managed to live with an ingrained sense of simplicity, of sufficiency. Our lives defied any particular sort of accumulation.

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Waiting in Liminal Space

Waiting in Liminal Space

by Guest Blogger February 07, 2019 3 Comments

There have been times where liminal space became more like a burial shroud than a cocoon. I stayed in a relationship, friendship, or in bad habits, waiting in this space for as long as I could, never pushing forward, until I grew used to my surroundings in languish. Even in its awkwardness, there is a sacredness in liminal space.

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Forgiveness Beyond Herself

Forgiveness Beyond Herself

by Ananda-mayi dasi January 31, 2019 1 Comment

Daily we pilgrimage to the saints' seemingly split facades: we interact—in families and communities, in cyberspace and private thoughts—and if we realize where we’re standing when approach their unhinged thresholds, we take off our shoes, bow, and offer puja.

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50 Hours of Ruminate Happenings

50 Hours of Ruminate Happenings

by Brianna Van Dyke January 30, 2019

Last April, as I was sitting in a beautiful chapel at Calvin College listening to Marie Howe and Pádraig Ó Tuama discuss the power of poetry, Marie Howe described an event she helped plan and host called The Poet Is In. Poets set up tables with typewriters in Grand Central Station and invited the public to come and have a poem written for them, "with them," as she said.

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Sacred Spaces II

Sacred Spaces II

by Guest Blogger January 24, 2019

We are scarred and sometimes scared. But together, we bring fears into the light and imagine that God is the sea anyways, so if we fall, if we drift off, if the boat sinks or overturns or we find there was never a boat at all, it will be into holy water; we will fall into God.

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The Afterlives of American Evangelicalism:  A Review of Interior States By Meghan O’Gieblyn

The Afterlives of American Evangelicalism: A Review of Interior States By Meghan O’Gieblyn

by Guest Blogger January 22, 2019

"To be a former believer," she writes in her evocative first essay collection, Interior States, “is to perpetually return to the scene of the crime." Each of her fifteen essays, wide-ranging in their content, contains an element of that circling back around: to her Midwestern evangelical childhood or to her time at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where the threading began to unravel. 

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All the Things and a Prayer:  Slowing Down a Moving Life

All the Things and a Prayer: Slowing Down a Moving Life

by Guest Blogger January 17, 2019 4 Comments

This prayer took me inward, took me backward, to who I used to be and who I realized I still carry in me today. This prayer took my attention off external details and put it on the space between details. This space, this prayer, may not heal my body or redeem time, but it will allow, if briefly, a chance to reacquaint myself with my self.

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Every Moment Grace to Me

Every Moment Grace to Me

by Guest Blogger January 15, 2019 16 Comments

The medicine that saved my life was no longer saving me, and so the darkness came. The summer passed. Now I am in the in-between...I am in the not-knowing.

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A Year of No Buying: A Fourth Quarter Report

A Year of No Buying: A Fourth Quarter Report

by Susannah Pratt January 10, 2019 3 Comments

In the face of a culture that is constantly telling us otherwise, A Year of No Buying allowed us to separate our joy from our things. We were left to find it elsewhere...We had more family outings and more lazy Saturdays, and in the bargain got laughter and creativity and relationship and rest.

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God's Business

God's Business

by Angela Doll Carlson January 08, 2019 8 Comments

I’m proud of the work I’ve produced. I’m grateful to have had the books published. It’s soul writing. It feeds my spirit. Truth is, though, it does not always feed my family. That’s just the reality of it. And that, too, is the struggle.

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5 Favorite Blog Posts to Revisit from 2018

5 Favorite Blog Posts to Revisit from 2018

by Charnell Peters December 20, 2018

 For a review of the highlights, here are the top 5 most-viewed blog posts of 2018. I hope you enjoy these ruminations.

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Lessons Learned: On Winning the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Lessons Learned: On Winning the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

by Guest Blogger December 18, 2018 1 Comment

Stories have a way of percolating in people. They land, they ripple outward, they settle. Over time they become a part of us through their telling and retelling, a new limb through which we feel the world. Their lessons latch on to our senses and color anew everything we experience.

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Faith and Femininity

Faith and Femininity

by Ananda-mayi dasi December 13, 2018

When I watched my ponytail fall to the floor, I was surprised by the lurch in my stomach. The definite markings of my femininity would soon be swept into the forest, leaving uncertainty: How would I embody femininity now that I had chosen to withdraw from traditional feminine expectations? 

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The Grace of Waiting and Its End

The Grace of Waiting and Its End

by Sophfronia Scott December 11, 2018 3 Comments

There’s a magic that comes of waiting and watching—a magic only apparent when the waiting is over. Allow me to introduce myself. I am the Queen of Waiting. I have no problem waiting out anything, even if it takes years. I have a patience born of soap operas.

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Small Miracles & Happy Dances

Small Miracles & Happy Dances

by Brianna Van Dyke December 07, 2018 1 Comment

With each order that comes through we seriously do a happy dance knowing that the good work of our contributors will be seen and held by more hearts and our little nonprofit is earning the funds that will help us start the new year strong. Our staff is deeply encouraged as we witness each intimate act of one human sharing something they love with another. 

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Stories and the Lives They Save

Stories and the Lives They Save

by Guest Blogger December 06, 2018 3 Comments

Stories do save lives—they always have, and they always will. We use stories to make sense of the world around us. We may sometimes turn to them for escape, and other times for answers to questions that plague us. Stories instruct. Stories uplift. Stories...validate the fact that we matter, that we are not alone.

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Waiting with Simeon

Waiting with Simeon

by Judith Dupree December 04, 2018 1 Comment

There in the dust and bustle and eventual hush of familiar religious practice, the Old and New Testaments interwove suddenly, quite simply. Between God’s unlikely prophet, and the newborn—the oh, so unlikely One foretold.

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Rebuilding My Life: Making Sense of Burnout and Depression

Rebuilding My Life: Making Sense of Burnout and Depression

by Guest Blogger November 29, 2018 2 Comments

After 14 years of teaching, I finally decided that it was time for me to leave the profession. A few days after I handed in my resignation, I broke down. I didn't return to work again. Since then, I have been trying to function daily with a body and mind that is challenged by limitations, pain, and struggle.

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The Story of Ordinary Time

The Story of Ordinary Time

by Guest Blogger November 27, 2018 5 Comments

Ordinary time is normal time, boring time, unpunctuated-by-excitement time. Consequently, time without narrative. It has no set Scripture. Instead, the Christian is supposed to somehow contemplate all aspects of the mystery of Christ.

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The Quandry for Us All

The Quandry for Us All

by Guest Blogger November 20, 2018 3 Comments

I often wish I had more time to write. The minutes of my days are too short, and I cannot produce either the quantity or quality I desire, and there is an ultimate end to my time. It needs to be spent well, and that is the quandary for us all.

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greening our golden hour grief: how not to be afraid of the end of the world

greening our golden hour grief: how not to be afraid of the end of the world

by Céline Chuang November 15, 2018 3 Comments

When I’m feeling optimistic, I wonder what kind of future world we’ll live in, how children could sit around imagining the monsters of eras past and whisper climate change between cupped hands. When I’m feeling pessimistic, I don’t like to wonder about the future.

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The Piano Student

The Piano Student

by Ruminate Magazine November 14, 2018

Kira Archibald's short fiction "The Piano Student" appears in Issue No. 49: Mattering.

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For the Faint of Heart

For the Faint of Heart

by Guest Blogger November 13, 2018 1 Comment

The light that emanates from the heart is not likened to the breath of ripe plums or the fire of life. The heart’s job is steady, caged and bloody. To see the heart’s work, one must hold an elite membership, must be willing to cut and pull back the flesh.

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Wounded Into Words

Wounded Into Words

by Aaron Brown November 08, 2018 1 Comment

Sugercoating and over-sentimentalizing the world doesn’t help. But neither does wallowing in the world’s sheer darkness. So where does that leave us? How do we write the wound?

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you will dig me from the earth with your bare hands, in order to resurrect me

you will dig me from the earth with your bare hands, in order to resurrect me

by Ruminate Magazine November 08, 2018 4 Comments

Paula Harris's poem "you will dig me from the earth with your bare hands, in order to resurrect me" appears in Issue No. 49: Mattering.

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How to Love Your Ugly Feet

How to Love Your Ugly Feet

by Renee Long November 06, 2018 5 Comments

Against your white wood ceiling, your feet and ankles framed in the dark denim, there’s a little beauty. This is strange because your feet are the last thing on your body you’d acknowledge as beautiful....they tell you, We carry you. We will keep carrying you.

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The Art of Living Well

The Art of Living Well

by Guest Blogger November 01, 2018 3 Comments

Sculpture, found art pieces, pottery, and paintings on various mediums were nestled in every corner of the property from their family home, to a purpose-built workshop, to the vineyard itself. I saw in Annibale a great love for and patronage of the arts.

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