How to Pray: An Age-Old Conundrum

By Jo Ann Alo / March 11, 2021 /

Demons of depression chased me home. Hurrying, I pressed into the door. Before turning the handle, I rushed to Jesus, Whisper Your sweet everythings into my ears. The one way the raised in Christ endure in all this dust and ash is praying in spirit and truth. God knows I want to fight my own fights.…

Read More

For-Life: In And Out of the Womb (We Don’t Have to Pick Sides)

By Jo Ann Alo / January 10, 2021 /

When I was 17, it was 1981. At home pregnancy tests were not well known, but I knew I was pregnant before he drove me to the doctor. We’d discussed what I would do if this should ever happen months ago under the moon. (It’s not as though we were oblivious to the fire we…

Read More

When Your Heart Starts Turning Dark in the Brightest Season

By Jo Ann Alo / May 21, 2020 /

The sun stayed up till eight o’clock last night. My front yard is bloomin’ pink petals and last year’s perennials. I’m watching tree buds turn into shoots. Coiled leaves uncurl like a newborn fist. Soft and supple, every lobe carefully carved. Form and color quietly march in right before my eyes. Sparrows and finches fill…

Read More

Rethinking My Facecrook

By Jo Ann Alo / November 27, 2019 /

My identity was faked on Facebook. A bunch of my friends were used as pawns for pillaging. It’s so creepy. I’m so sorry. My picture smiling, hovering over videos concocted to coax and confiscate. Thieves advancing right along with technology. Though confidentiality clauses and privacy policies plaster everything we sign, code, or chip—they’re finding new…

Read More

All We Can Do Now Is Pray

By Jo Ann Alo / July 19, 2019 /

Kneeling at my bedside, pressing palms together, I followed Mom’s lead to pray. “God bless your father, your brothers and sister,” she would say, and I repeat. Greatness is found on our knees. Like nothing else I ever did as a kid, stopping and speaking to God sounded like an opportunity—the chance of a lifetime.…

Read More

Our Mountain

By Jo Ann Alo / November 22, 2010 /

I struggle with prayer. I’ve said this before. I talk to God all day. I ask Him for everything I need. I praise Him, and believe Him, and I trust Him implicitly. (Thank you Jesus) The prayer I want, and do not have, is the prayer Jesus demonstrates and teaches me about. I’m talkin the…

Read More

Earthen Vessels

By Jo Ann Alo / October 25, 2010 /

Five years ago I stepped off the court. I was concerned that I would not have enough activity in my life to stay trim. I asked the Lord to help me eat only what my body needed to be strong and healthy. I started walking for exercise and pleasure. I learned to cook. I became…

Read More

Prayer Is…

By Jo Ann Alo / June 22, 2009 /

Where doubt ends, and faith begins.Where regrets die, and forgiveness lives.Where tears stain,and the soul is washed.Where weakness is torn down,and stength built up.Where dreams are born,and laughter breathes.Where hatred is bridled, and love set free.Where battles are surrendered,and peace is won.Where hopes are shared, and miracles spun.Where pride descends,and humility climbs.Where the Holy Spirit…

Read More