Perfect — by Peter O’Keefe

Of all the words in the English language, one of my least favorite is “perfect.” Every time I think of the word “perfect,” the first word that comes to mind is “imperfect.” That is followed by “unattainable,” “impossible,” “failure,” “waste,” “sinner,” or “human.” “Perfect” — that thing everyone tries to appear to be in the hopes of being accepted by others. Deep down, I think everyone is aware of where…Keep Reading

Offer — by Ryan Bahr

I’ve struggled with this topic because “offerings” tend to be measured in “how much” a person is able to contribute to something. I didn’t feel able to offer much to this blog post when I agreed to it. Truth be told, I haven’t been able to offer a whole lot to others in the past few months at all. Back in November, I developed impairing vertigo and a diagnosis of…Keep Reading

Sacrifice — by Laura Brusati

When I think about sacrifice, I go back to a time in my life when I was surrounded by beautiful sacrifices. Years ago, I received a back brace for scoliosis (basically my spine is curved). I wore this brace all day, every day for four years. This was a huge adjustment, but ironically one of the greatest times in my life because of how much love I received. My whole…Keep Reading

Dust — By Ashley Bramer

“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Ouch. I flinch as they touch my forehead with their thumb covered in ash and say those words. Why do I always recoil? The specks that inevitably come into my eye? Fear of a giant mark my hair doesn’t cover? I think it has something to do with being marked. Being labeled. Being different. And certainly, being dust. Dust. What…Keep Reading