I interviewed a Nazarene preacher once

who said God spoke to him

through scripture

when he happened upon the right passages

at the right time—

I thought it sounded like

throwing a dart at a map

with your eyes closed.


I walked through a used bookstore once

and sat on a stool in the parenting section

looking for something more

than the complete idiot’s guide

to blended families—

but then God spoke to me

in the fiction section

when she said,

Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart.