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“To My Dear and Loving Husband”

Early pilgrim writer Anne Bradstreet was the first published female poet in the New World. She left her father’s aristocratic English home to follow her husband and their shared religious vision to Massachusetts in 1630.

During her husband’s frequent business trips, Anne deeply missed him. Her poems about him reflect a deep, spiritual connection and a romance most Puritan couples tried to spurn. Anne recognized her marriage as a central part of her vocation and loving her family as her way to love God.

At this time of year when we give thanks, it seems only fitting to share a poem about a woman who feels as thankful for her husband as I am for mine. Read the rest of this entry

The Storm Is Passing Over

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I learned the spiritual “The Storm Is Passing Over” when I was in middle school, singing with the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. At first, I took it literally, clinging to the song as my family sat through a tornado on vacation in Williamsburg, VA. But through the difficult transitions of puberty, moving to a new school, and losing friends and family, “The Storm Is Passing Over” became my anchor, the one thing that reminded me, again and again, that whatever trials and tribulations I faced, they would always end. In fact, it was this spiritual that prevented me from taking my life in high school when I was suffering from undiagnosed depression. Read the rest of this entry