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Posts by Rebecca Montie Preston

Imposed Fasting

Several years ago, I had a minor surgical procedure. It was scheduled in the afternoon, which was the first time I’ve not had a surgery in the morning. For this surgery I was given the standard instructions: nothing by mouth (NPO) after midnight. I reacted immediately: this is ridiculous. When I’ve had surgeries in the…

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Tending the Sanctuary of the Soul

One summer between my first and second years of college, I was a camp counselor at a local Christian camp. Honestly, I took the job because I was desperate. I had tried getting jobs, but this was during the recession of the 70’s and short-term jobs were not easy to find. Not only was I…

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Uncertainty in Crisis

Annually, around the Christmas season, my husband and I have a tradition of getting together with another couple we see only a few times a year. We’ve known them for some time now, having attended the same church at one time. And although we no longer worship together or even live in the same county,…

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The Scent of Love

Every morning has a routine to do a bit of housekeeping. It’s my way of not having to do everything at once, but spreading out the tasks throughout the week. This particular morning, I went into the garage to put the garbage into the bin and unknowingly, I breathed in a memory. Warmth and joy…

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