Joanna May Blog

If Truth be Told

For a while now I have felt as if I was out of the will of the Lord; like I missed it somewhere and was heading back around on the “wilderness tour of duty.”...

I’m Ready for My Healing Now

“No blogging when crying.” I know that should be a rule. If so, here’s a violation. I hope you won’t mind if I direct this post in a little more vertical direction. Sometimes I...

My Growing Domesticity

I successfully made pancakes last night for the first time ever. Friends and family will all too quickly attest to my lack of domesticity. I can’t cook. But I have always chosen to believe...

A Little Bit of Inventory

On Liturgy, Education, Sabbath, and Fasting. A hard-hitting criticism of the extremes of a certain community. Simply put, no man is an island. The Lord clearly dictated that we go forward together, that the...

A Hypothetical Letter to an Old Friend

Dear Old Friend, I remember at first, after high school, I had this bridge-burning attitude. Like “I want to get the heck out of here and never come back.” I never wanted to see...

Monologue on a Stag

Today I’m reminded of my favorite poem of my favorite mystic, John of the Cross: “Like a stag in the forest, You charged me and fled. You vanished. I followed lamenting my loss.” John...

Barrenness In Me Too

I have been drawn to Matthew 7, the parable about trying to get the speck out of your neighbor’s eye, when there’s a plank in your own. Jesus’ words, "Hypocrite! First remove the plank,...

On Dying and Rebirth

I’ve missed it again. He spoke, and I didn’t listen, again. I blew my top; lost my temper; stepped into anxiety, provided for myself, stirred up contention, wallowed in elitism, the list goes on....

The Problem and Possibility of Pain

I’ve been reading Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis, and contemplating the subject of pain and the way that God uses rejection, discomfort, misunderstanding, betrayals, and trials, to refine us. At first I thought...