Prodigal Magazine

Relationships

We acknowledge that none of us can live a good story without relationships. We can’t even try. We are born into a story that already going on around us, and we are inevitably connected to the other players in it. Our parents. Our brothers and sisters. Our friends. Our spouse. Even random, bystanders seem to wander into the story we call “ours.” We can’t talk about telling and living good stories without talking about relationships.


What I Learned From My Big Fat Italian Thanksgiving

What I Learned From My Big Fat Italian Thanksgiving

Hot, soapy water splashed over the soft red and cream pattern of my grandma’s floral china set. We had just finished another delicious, over-indulgent holiday dinner, a regular occurrence in my Italian family. Despite hours, even days, of preparation and cooking, our actual consumption lasted under an hour, and now the breakdown and cleaning had... read more

November 27, 2013 Danielle L. Vermeer Relationships 6

Love Is Calloused, Holding My Hand

Love Is Calloused, Holding My Hand

The pastor is praying and the woman in the pew in front of me has an oxygen tank. She’s breathing in and out and it’s soothing, but also jarring, because you don’t realize how much you need oxygen until you stop being able to breathe. And I reckon the same can be said about love. Love... read more

November 20, 2013 Emily Wierenga Featured Content, Relationships 22

Do I Deserve Your Love?

Do I Deserve Your Love?

I have a friend who flips houses for a living. He invited me along once to see a few of his projects. We walked through a quaint one-story home, with rich hardwood floors, fresh cabinets, butcher block counter tops and a bold blue glass tiling job in the bathroom. If I was buying my first... read more

November 6, 2013 Krisi Johnson Featured Content, Relationships 9

Wondering If Dad Will Show Up

Wondering If Dad Will Show Up

I knew this would be the trip. It would have to be. I was twenty-eight years old and my childish insecurities about what my Dad might say (or not say) had been clouding my desire to make things right for too long. I am an adult, I thought. This should be easy now. But it... read more

October 28, 2013 Aaron Green Featured Content, Relationships 1

God Speaks Through Pain?

God Speaks Through Pain?

It’s midnight in the ER. I lie hooked up to heart monitors with one nurse drawing blood while another tries to place an IV. After months of regular IVs I should be used to the procedure, but I’m dehydrated. Five unsuccessful sticks later they go for the inside of my wrist on that pulsing blue... read more

October 25, 2013 Natalie Nyquist Faith, Featured Content, Relationships 5