Author: Makrina

  • The Blur Between Today and Yesterday

    The Blur Between Today and Yesterday

    FRODO: I can’t do this Sam. SAM: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the […]

  • How dare You, God

    How dare You, God

    Ntozake Shange once wrote “we need a god who bleeds now, whose wounds are not the end of anything.” Out of pain, resentment and fear, I hear those words echo like a song clinging to my vocal chords. Maybe our human wounds often feel like the end of everything. When I am in safety and […]

  • Thank You

    Thank You

    The world is a place of great beauty. There is pain, there is suffering and there is loss, and all work to isolate and make us feel defeated, maybe even alone. With my sister’s recent brain tumor diagnosis, I have known suffering and I have known defeat. I have been on a journey of learning […]

  • Nifuna, Nifuna, Nifuna

    Nifuna, Nifuna, Nifuna

    By the road there is a man washing his laundry in a filthy bucket. My brother finds him, and immediately runs to buy detergent. A sweet sister comes by to sit with us to hear the word of God. Mama comes along, picks up a stick from the ground, inscribes “Jo 8:2-12” on the inside […]

  • The Pride of Intolerance

    The Pride of Intolerance

    Intolerance in·tol·er·ant \-rənt\ ; not willing to allow or accept something

  • The Truth About Moving On

    The Truth About Moving On

    The science books tell us red blood cells have a life span of 120 days. Though new blood runs through our veins, some of us know memories that have flown through us for years. And that’s okay. I hear you. The weary heart that is tired of all the voices telling you to just “get […]

  • Sunday Thoughts

    Sunday Thoughts

    It is Palm Sunday, Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, paving the way for the holiest of weeks. But what do you do when Holy Week is inconveniently timed? Where does Holy Week fit in when you’re working, studying for an exam, scheduled for important meetings or appointments? Friend, it is okay. Christ’s love for you […]

  • Burst At The Seams

    Burst At The Seams

    I catch a thread at the corner of my eye, panic at the state of my dress.

  • A Thousand Paper Cranes

    A Thousand Paper Cranes

    “I would fold a thousand paper cranes for you, would fight away all those demons that leave scratches over your skin just so you know that they don’t always leave through bloody trails. I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into […]

  • The Church: Wounded

    The Church: Wounded

    Trust is a fragile thing. It is the precious crystal of stone that we place in different abodes, in the hope of it being protected and respected. It is a piece of our hearts, vulnerable and exposed, allowing the place where we lay it down to touch the rawest parts of ourselves. Trust is a […]