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The Reflecting God

I’ve been learning about “reflecting.” It’s a counseling term. And my life seems to be filled with counseling terms lately. I sit in the therapist’s office every other week. And I take a lay-counseling course at my church every Sunday afternoon, while filling in the gaps with books and conversations. I’m ...

Giving thanks with my half-heart

What does it mean to give thanks in every situation? I’ve been asking myself this question lately. For the past year, my family has lived above neighbors who cannot understand or live happily beneath the noise we make. Their frustration and hostility has added layers of stress to our daily lives. And in that stress, I ...

The Weight of Not Enough: A Litany, Some Questions

I don’t have it in me to write something meaningful. My mind is not enough today. I’ve been back from Guatemala for a week now and my head is thick and swimmy. Its insides move too slow for recognition. Maybe my mind is made of honey, maybe slime. Either way, I have nothing interesting to say about what should be ...

There are no trophies here

When I was in high school I found the verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I wrote it in teenage cursive. I made a collage around it. I taped it to my mirror. Delighting. It was another task to accomplish. At some point in my childhood, I learned how to please the ...

Simplicity, Complexity, Faith

One year ago today, my grandfather left this world. We wept the way you weep for a good man. We wept like every old man hopes his family will weep for him. Pawpaw was special. Nearly ninety years old and gentle and kind and patient. He knew how to tell the best stories and how to fix anything. He was simple and came ...

It’s almost Pentecost. Are we ready to worship God?

“’I will not take you out of the world.’ There are enormous implications here that I can so easily neglect. Christ was a carpenter for most of his life, and those years were not wasted ones…. Christianity does not isolate the sacred from the secular. Not only are material things good in themselves, they are also ...

When Flourishing Is Possible and We Are On Our Way

Friends, I wrote a post for A Deeper Church this week. On the tragedy in Boston, on beauty and ruin, and how sometimes the bravest thing we can do is hold both at the same time. On Monday, people died cheering for their loved ones at the finish line of a race that has always existed as a celebration, a challenge to ...