Posts by Annie Reed (Page 3)

Complete Your Purchase

I love online shopping. I love sitting down at my computer and thinking about what it is that I want—a pan, a pair of shoes, a particular craft for my kids—and knowing that, with the power of the internet, I can find exactly what I’m looking for. I love reading reviews, comparing similar products, googling extra coupons, snagging an item at the last minute when Amazon tells me “Only Two Left!” I love that there is so much to choose…

A Widow in White

I attended an amazing funeral in May of 2008. It was for John, the music minister of the church I attended in college. This man was a beloved member of our church community, as well as a tremendous musician and worship leader who had brought many people into God’s presence with his talents. John’s funeral was a beautiful tribute to him and a vision of that day in the future when Christ will return and all will be made right.…

Feeding Body and Soul

Our Old Testament reading this week is the familiar story of Hannah praying for a son. She prays with such fervor that Eli, the priest, says to her: “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.” Hannah responds, “Not so, my lord. I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:15 Hannah is clearly besieged by…

Solomon’s Dream

I have struggled with patriotism since I was ten years old and actually started living in this country. Before that, living in Hong Kong, I thought of the United States as fondly as a child living in a foreign land can. I savored overpriced Oreos from Evergreen, the American import shop down the street from our apartment building. Any country that could produce such a delicacy had to be a good one. When we moved to the United States in…

Somethin’ Extra

When I was in high school, my parents brought us to the large black church on the north side of the city in Michigan where we lived. The pastor was a well-known community leader, and the beautiful Gospel music, congregational participation, vast choir, and vibrant energy of that place amazed and inspired me. As a young white woman who was accustomed to quiet music and relatively inexpressive faces at church, my eyes were opened to a new way to worship…

Welcoming Peace in the Emergency Room

And he will be our peace. Micah 5:5a When I had my first panic attack, I had no idea what was going on. Confused and terrified, I spent most of that night in the ER. While I waited to be admitted, I noticed a young man with red hair who was also waiting. We were the only two in the waiting area, and we were both there for at least half an hour, me experiencing the end of a three…

The Accidental Pizza

I lay in the brown leather recliner in our attic, the chair where I have fed my three babies these last six years and spent countless nights with each newborn, rocking, nursing, snacking with the hunger of a new mother, and dozing when I could. Because of this, I always think of that chair sentimentally, but this August weekend it would be drained of nostalgia. This weekend I spent three days in that chair, coughing and wheezing as I fought…

A Life of Joyful Abandon

Last weekend my husband and I were spectators at a nearby bowling alley for the “Saturday Special Bowling League.” This is a league for special needs adults, and we were invited by our developmentally disabled neighbor, we’ll call him Joe, who is an avid bowler. When I say we were invited, what I really mean is that we were cajoled, coaxed, encouraged, begged, and reminded repeatedly to come and see Joe bowl. “Hey Buddy,” Joe would say. “You are my…

Inclining Your Heart to God in the Everyday

When I was a teenager, my brother graduated from college. His first job was at a law firm, helping refugees who had fled their own countries to be granted asylum in the United States. These people were perhaps victims of torture, or in grave danger for political or religious reasons. When my brother graduated, my parents gave him a framed calligraphy print of Micah 6:8: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require…