Thursday, November 8, 2018

An Opportunity to Hope

by Emily Conrad

When I see the word "wilderness" in the Bible, I think of the Israelites wandering for forty years, and of the desert, and of testing, and of frustration and thirst—for God, for progress, for green pastures.

But what if that's only part of the picture?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Lion, the Witch, and the Timid Prayer Warrior: A true story

by Emily Conrad

There was a witch in my old neighborhood. She cackled and stirred her caldron when I would walk by with my dogs. On windy nights throughout the month of October, her creepy laughter would find its way through my closed bedroom window, her latest outburst having been set off by bending trees and blowing leaves.

She wasn’t human, of course. She was a life-sized Halloween decoration with motion sensors.

Real or fake, she stood for something I do not. Fall is my least favorite season to begin with, and Halloween, associated as it is with so many dark beliefs and traditions, is my least favorite holiday. So, the fact that a Halloween decoration interacted with me really bothered me. Possibly more than it should've, but reasoning that the things she stood for probably bothered God, too, I prayed for her demise.

Specifically, I prayed that she wouldn’t go off when I walked by.

Shortly after, she stopped.