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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The Good Fight

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To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do – to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst – is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is…

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Friends Are One Way

My 2023 has already been full of time spent with people I love and who love me. Long-time friends or new ones, they bring comfort and healing into my life. A funny meme. An encouraging text. A dinner in or a meetup for coffee out. Long conversations and walks at the park. I see more…

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Thank You, 2022

This year was surprisingly beautiful. And painful. I wouldn’t change it. I’ve learned more about God, myself, love, and relationships. I’m clear about my work in the world. I’ve experienced things I’ve dreamed about for a long time and I’m here telling you about it. That means I made it through the hard parts. And…

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Words Without End, Amen

More than ever before, I experience the most serendipitous moments. Yesterday morning I was delighted to receive a FB message from someone I’ve known since I was a teenager. He was one of my sister’s boyfriends from high school. The story he tells, then the story I tell about the story he tells makes more…

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Love Came Down

The days between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the New Year naturally and hopefully draw us into a time of reminiscing and reflection. We look back and remember – and smile. Maybe cry. We miss those we’ve lost and enjoy those we still have. The unique and beautiful collection of people God gives us throughout…

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A Few Words

I’ve had fewer words lately. This is out of the ordinary for me, because I love words. Spoken ones and written ones, too. I thought of some to share, then lost them, and I kept losing them. I haven’t understood this because the thousands of words on this site have had a part in saving…

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Life Is People

I’m entering into the part of my school journey when I get to practice what I’m learning. I’m both excited and amazed. I marvel that I’m here doing this, the whole lot of it. The schooling, the residencies, the writing, the conversations with the bright minds who are passionate about the Kingdom of God, and…

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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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