The White Tower

Up over the hills, overlooking the city, it’s been sitting there for a long time. It’s waiting, but I might just be imagining things. The doors have been sealed for ages. “Only the most intelligent and erudite may enter,” is what the sign says, in bold serif, etched into the white stone. Whatever those standards […]


Genesis, Chapter 23

Funeral Procession The servants led Abraham and Ishmael home, while they carried Sarah’s body the entire way, silent. Abraham and Isaac wept over Sarah and healed the distance between them by remembering her strength and courage in hard times. A few days passed of telling stories. Ishmael told his father: “I won’t be a further […]


Genesis, Chapter 22

The Binding Abraham had been living well as the seasons passed. He became close to the Abimelech, swearing oaths of mutual trust of God, promising to be loyal through generations. Abraham wondered what sort of generations he would leave without a true-born heir. One night he had a dream. He walked over ground black as […]


Genesis, Chapter 21

Heir Apparent While living in Gerar, Ishmael finished his weaning, and Sarah threw a great feast for him. Abraham worried. “Is he to be our son now? Have you given up hope for the vision God granted you or the sacrifices that I’ve made?!” Sarah tried to console him: “We are old. The time for […]


Genesis, Chapter 20

Lies Against a New King After the destruction of the Cities of the Plain, the wrath spread across the land creating another famine. Sarah took her household and traveled to Gerar. She knew the Abimelech, the Philistine King, there was powerful, though not as powerful as Egypt’s Pharaoh, but Sarah dared not return and test […]


Genesis, Chapter 19

Sodom, City of the Plain Lot saw two travelers approaching the busy city gate as the sky turned orange and green. He was impressed by their countenances and bearing and hurried to greet them. Lot said while bowing low: “My Masters, welcome to Sodom. Please, come to my house, I will put you up for […]


Waking Nightmares

In a shrinking space, going inward, in reverse. Give me those bright lights. Take away the wealth of joy. Grind into the ground until the dirt is under my nails and in my teeth. Put the leather whip around my neck and pull me into the stratosphere and lights lit by citrus. Take the pulse […]


Genesis, Chapter 18

Three Travelers Abraham’s madness seemed to grow quiet as the seasons passed along. Sarah grew comfortable with him again, and his love and faith overcame his bout of madness. There were signs of desperation in his desire for confirmation of being on a divine path, but nothing like his bloody ritual. Sarah sent Abraham on […]


Supreme Beings

You know this all looks impressive, right? The idea that You made everything is so unfathomable, that there is a growing fad to pretend that You don’t exist. No, that’s not the fad, we’ve always been acting that way. There is a growing fad to pretend that You can’t exist. We pretend you can’t exist, […]


Genesis, Chapter 17

Abram’s Sacrifice When Ishmael was born, Abram saw the Egyptian features and disgust and anger tortured his heart, thinking of the Pharaoh and their strange ways. This could not be the son he prayed for. He wailed and tore his clothing. Sarai took the child away, and returned him to Keturah to nurse and keep […]