The Holy Work

When I first learned the early church fathers and mothers recognized the essentiality of knowing ourselves, I wondered why this was frowned upon in the evangelical church. Not only frowned upon, but discouraged because knowing ourselves was taught to be a selfish endeavor. Then I read Ministry in the Image of God by Stephen Seamands…

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The Ill-Matched Threads

She who reconciles the ill-matched threadsof her life, and weaves them gratefullyinto a single cloth—it’s she who drives the loudmouths from the halland clears it for a different celebration. Where the one guest is You.In the softness of eveningit’s You she receives. You are the partner of her loneliness,the unspeaking center of her monologues.With each…

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Making Way

I love words. Those who know me best know that sincere words are highly valued. I’m not the only one. It’s a common value – as it should be. James, the brother of Jesus, wrote that our words are either a blessing or a curse (3:10). Jan Richardson has a way with them. Words, I…

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When the Walls Come Tumblin’ Down

interior of an abandoned building

I wrote most of this reflection in 2014. My life has changed significantly since then. I’ve learned and am still learning a lot about myself and others. I’m learning the way my story directs my life in beautiful ways and limiting ways. One thing hasn’t changed – I still have walls. But I can say…

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Neglecting a Thing

This month’s guest post writer is Tammy Hayes, a long-time friend and mentor. We planted a church together back in the day and are still doing ministry in a variety of ways – most of it outside of a formal church setting. Tammy hails from Houston but has become a small-town girl, residing in Tyler,…

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We Know So Little

I’m only into the introduction of Invitation to Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Anthology edited by John R. Tyson and I’m astounded at how narrow my view of Christian spirituality is. I’ve experienced this over and over in the past several years – the realization that I barely comprehend the story of God in my life,…

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God Is Always In the Room

There is a true home to the soul and a way to go about finding it so that we grow into people who are genuinely at home in God’s world. The way we go about it is found in our everyday ordinary lives. When lived this way and in view of the Kingdom of God,…

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Hold On, But Loosely

It took me almost two weeks to realize what was happening, and even then I didn’t fully grasp the weight of it and what it was doing to me. When I met with my spiritual director a few days after my realization, I told her I was in a season of deep grief like I’d…

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My Word for 2021

That isn’t a typo. I haven’t forgotten we’re in 2022. I am just now getting my word for 2021. I’ve always been fascinated and a little agitated about the annual word thing. Fascinated by those who can wrap all their hopes and dreams for the coming year into a word. Fascinated by a lot of…

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It’s a Wrap, 2021

We came into 2021 with more uncertainty than we’re comfortable with. We like standing on the solid ground of our faith, relationships, careers, and financial goals. It’s difficult when one of those is challenged. It’s almost devastating when all that we’ve known or believed is shaken to the core. That’s exactly what’s happened to a…

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