In Psalm 103, David paints one of the most poignant images of the transience of humanity: “As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place is remembered no more” (vv. 15–16). But David reminds us that “the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him” (v. 17). Followers of Christ may take comfort in the mercy of the Lord, for “He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (v. 14). In light of this reminder of the Lord’s strength in our weakness, the Inkwell staff is pleased to present the first issue of 2023: Fragility!

Fragility: the quality of being easily broken or damaged, delicate or vulnerable.

We are thrilled to share our staff’s explorations of fragility, from two poets’ narratives of grief, to one writer’s adaptation of the life story of hymn writer George Matheson. We’re also pleased to feature a short story by an Inkwell alumna, Isabella Skellenger, and a guest submission by a current student, Z Edmondson!

You can read our issue below, or download a PDF here.