Callie J. Smith |

Small things can grow large and go deep when we pay enough attention to love them. Writing about everyday things like spirituality, grief, rest, and play gives me a chance to explore some of that depth. Maybe you’re exploring, too. If so, welcome. I hope you enjoy this collection of essays. – Callie

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On the Changing of Seasons

Lately, I’ve been fighting it. Pandemic life has meant so much change already. I’m feeing less and less desire to adapt. I’m feeling strongly protective of things I wouldn’t have expected to hold onto so tightly. As summer passes and days shorten, I find myself feeling inordinate amounts of grief about small things like theContinue reading “On the Changing of Seasons”

Beneath the Loss

“Does the vividness of memory ever surprise you? It does me.  I remember a day as a student when I joined some classmates in waving scarves of every color as we danced barefoot down the grey, marble-floored hallways of our seminary. A drummer walked with us, and a group of people followed. I think itContinue reading “Beneath the Loss”


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“When you love the small and unpretentiously serve it,” writes Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet, “then everything will become more coherent and clearer to you.”

Inside La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. Photo by Maria Orlova on

Callie J. Smith is a writer and clergy person in the Indianapolis area. She’s ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves at Christian Theological Seminary.