We’re Here

If I told you I was invited into someone’s home and that the host spoke to some of the guests around the table, but that a lot of the guests and I were ignored, what would you think about the host? What would you think about the unacknowledged guests? If I told you several women…

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All He Knew

Each of the four Gospels tells that Jesus was crucified between two men. Only John describes them as two others. The other Gospels call them criminals. I wonder why John chose not to describe the two men on either side of Jesus that way. Rome condemned all three men to death – a cruel dignity-stealing…

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Like a Prayer

The best writers, poets, and songwriters have a way of using words that put us more in touch with how we feel. They say what we want to say but can’t or won’t say. So they tell a story, write a poem, or sing a song. Great music, especially, helps us pay attention to our…

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We Have It In Us

We have it in us to change. At whatever stage of life we’re in, we have it in us to grow, learn, and dream. “It’s never too late” is not some pie in the sky quip. It really is never too late. It’s not too late to: A thousand other options could be on the…

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Coming to Terms

According to a brief search on Google, the phrase come to terms originated in the early 1700s and referred to the agreement between a landlord and tenant regarding repairs. It wasn’t until much later that it came to mean accepting something difficult or unpleasant. When we use it nowadays, we typically mean to face reality…to…

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Aren’t We All?

Our time at the beach was beautiful. We reminisced. Shared meals and laughter. Tent time and great conversations. Beach walks and shell hunts. Sibling banter. Old patterns back again. New frustrations and new understanding. Regretted words and unsaid ones that want to be spoken. Insecurities and doubts. Judgment and shame. Wounds and grief. Tender moments.…

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Now What?

My time in grad school is officially over. For now. Maybe forever. Maybe not. But this one is finished. I feel a strange mix of gladness, relief, and sadness. A favorite song of mine called Breakfast at Tiffany’s has this line and I feel it acutely right now. “So what now? It’s plain to see…

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Love Is the Way

It takes courage to grow, because change is uncomfortable and sometimes painful. It takes courage to face the shadow parts of ourselves and to crawl out of the ruts we’re stuck in. It takes courage to own up to our mistakes and learn from them. It takes courage to be willing to take a deep…

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Until Then

I write about this often because I believe it’s essential to how we live into who God created us to be. We are not educated on how to be in the world or how to navigate relationships. Instead, we’re taught about what to do, what kind of jobs fit our personality, what careers make us…

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A Shattering Revelation

The well-known and oft quoted passage in Matthew 11:28-30 is one I treasure. I’m fond of Eugene Peterson’s version of it in The Message, still the one I grew up with is my favorite. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,…

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