From the Editor — Fall 2019

It is always a humbling experience to publish yet another issue of The Cry, because believing so much in an organization and then getting to in part curate its storytelling content is a true and intimate gift. We receive these stories and go through processes of revision and editing; we lay each page out, choose […]

From the Executive Director (Fall 2019)

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to [other translations: “rebuked”] them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that […]

Showing Up

I sat eating at the table feeling anxious as my turn to share was approaching. It was our first House Fellowship group meeting. My introverted side came out, or maybe it was just an excuse for the shame and fear attached to vulnerability. I have always struggled with perfectionism and people-pleasing, so being able to […]

Intimate and Abundant Life

Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation—     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—     of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war […]

The Intimacy of Trust

Throughout our daily lives we all have relationships with those we try to serve. Perhaps this is through helping professions such as teaching or medicine. Or maybe we are very involved in our community or in our church. Many of us are raising children in our homes. Those relationships can often bloom into friendships. However, […]

Joyful Journey of Intimacy

“I have never been so joyful, or so exhausted in all my life!” This has been my heartfelt response to “How are you?” in recent months. The joy is intoxicating as my husband Alan and I find ourselves delighting in our recently adopted son, Joey. His bright eyes and cute giggles always bring a smile […]

Learn More: On Intimacy, Vol. 24 No. 3

As we reflect on this lifestyle celebration, we invite you to explore some of our staff top picks from media and resources that deal with intimacy. READ Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope through the unlikely friendship of the 4 title characters — The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse.  Written in the […]

The Celebration of Intimacy, Fall 2019

A professor in grad school once shared a quote by Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” His words calmed my anxious self who was months away from sitting with clients as a mental health therapist, afraid that […]

Knowing Each Other by Our Real Names

“No one has ever believed me before.” There is trust in intimacy. “I can’t believe I finally said that out loud…that feels so good!” There is freedom in intimacy. “There are still so many things that are scary and worrying, but I know I can accept God’s peace and love within me.” There is transformation […]

Encountering Jesus in Suffering

There is a story a friend of mine once shared that has never left me and continues to resonate on my journey with Christ. My friend’s conversion came about in a strange way. He was sitting in church not really listening to the sermon when he slipped into a sort of dream. He was running […]