Joanna May Blog

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...

Paper Journals

For me, poetry only occurs on paper. It seems so illegitimate in electronic format, so here’s an excerpt from some paper journals circa 2004: here’s a special moment when life, the human experience, regains...