A Free Drink for the Parched

By: Sarah Taras on Tuesday May 23, 2017

In a world full of bad news, the one place that we should be able to retreat and finally be washed over with a good word, is the church. There are some scattered pastors who are faithful to God’s two words, Law and Gospel, every Sunday. They don’t attempt to remove shame by removing the Law...

OBEY!!!!

By: Sarah Taras on Thursday April 20, 2017

Suddenly, he bolted towards the opening of the slide and began climbing up. His teacher called him back down, reminding him that this wasn’t the proper way to use the slide because he could get hurt, or hurt someone else. He ignored her and continued to make his way up the slide, to the top,...

My Life is Now Forever Yours

By: Sarah Taras on Thursday March 16, 2017

These words that poured from his lips would mean the end of her fatherless existence. It would be the end of the “about me” posters at school with pictures telling her story of having only one parent while everyone else had two. It would be the end of Father’s day projects where she would have...

Boast in Your Weakness

By: Sarah Taras on Thursday February 2, 2017

That’s all it took. The absolute last straw of the morning. Boom. “Why?! Why can’t you people just do what I ask you to do? Why do you have to make everything so stinking difficult?!” Wide eyes staring blankly back at me, while I continued on my rant. “Why do you guys refuse to...

Two Santas: Law & Gospel

By: Sarah Taras on Tuesday December 13, 2016

The first Santa was amazingly charming. Definitely not your typical “mall type” Santa. He was completely invested in his role all the way down to his beard and reindeer – He showed me pictures between visitors. He has an entire “ministry” of sorts, where he hand writes letters to children...

Do You Still Love Me?

By: Sarah Taras on Tuesday November 29, 2016

“Hey, how was your day buddy?” After a long pause, his little voice answered back, “It was okay. I got on red again. My teacher didn’t send a note this time.” “Okay buddy.” “Do you still love me even though I’m on red?” “Yes, I still love you. I will always love you, no...

Exposing Failure, Lifting Burdens

By: Sarah Taras on Thursday November 10, 2016

 “I’m so sorry, mom.” The words came out soft and cracked. My heart was overwhelmed with a sense of sadness for her. I hate being exposed, I knew all too well how she was feeling. She pressed her hands into the counter and gave her slender frame a little push down, her feet lightly...

Grace in a…Strip Club?

By: Sarah Taras on Tuesday September 13, 2016

As the evening drew to a close, they began searching for one of the team members who had gone missing. They located him in another strip club, only this time, my friend couldn’t coax anyone out. The team was adamant that they would be hanging out in this joint until the Uber arrived at 1am to pick...