Three cheers for Sarah Arthur’s Pushcart nomination

Many, many congratulations to coauthor Sarah Arthur on her Pushcart Prize nomination from Awst Press! It’s a big deal. She’s a big deal, but she won’t let anyone say that, of course.

From her essay, The Least of Us:

“… I know from experience how this conversation goes. I will say, “I’m happy to buy you a ticket, but I can’t give you money.” And he’ll say some variation on, “I won’t catch a train right away, so really, a couple dollars for a sandwich while I wait…” And then I’ll say, firmly, “I have a granola bar and a cheese stick right here.” But by then the game will be up.

I suddenly miss my two little boys with an ache like mild electrocution. I look him in the eyes. I want him to see that I see him. I want him to know that he is known—if not by me, then by a God who, like a mother, knows us. All our desires, longings, addictions, agonies…all of it.”

Read the full, heartbreaking story on Awst.

If her story leaves you wondering how one lives with a heart broken open like she describes, welcome. You’re in good company: our lives swirl around that question. (Yet, I assure you, we’re also capable of laughing at ourselves. For example, I’m laughing now because I remember Sarah saying that writing this piece for Awst was going to be the death of her. I’m grateful she exaggerates.)

Join the conversation and augment it by reading through The Year of Small Things with a friend or two (or your church, your small group, your neighbors).

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Peace for your conversations and for your Advent season.