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When It Hurts All Over

Four days ago, I woke up to the same news you did, that Russia had invaded Ukraine. Although we'd been warned this was coming, the actual news hit me in a physical way. I felt it like cold fear down in my belly. I winced, closed my eyes, took a deep breath and held back… Continue reading When It Hurts All Over

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Invitation

One word can shape a whole year. I've written about this before. The concept of having one prayer/focus word for the year has been unfolding in my life for about a decade now. The idea comes from the work of Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen in their book from 2012, My One Word: Change Your… Continue reading Invitation

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God in Us

I still remember my very first day of seminary at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. For some reason, my first class was in June right after I'd graduated from Texas A&M in May. I was 22 years old. I guess I was just trying to get started taking classes without really knowing what I… Continue reading God in Us

faith, Pandemic Wisdom

The Pillow of Peace

Sometimes the tiny details of scripture blow me away. Little tidbits that did not have to be included but are. Usually I only notice them after I've read certain passages hundreds of times. In Mark's gospel, Chapter 4, there's a story most of us know about the disciples and Jesus being out in a boat… Continue reading The Pillow of Peace

faith, Pandemic Wisdom

A Bright and Beautiful Shattering

We are not even a month into the new year and so much has happened. We came into 2021 collectively scarred/scared from 2020 and all that it held. We prayed for a calmer, more predictable new year. I don't know about you but for me it has not been calmer. Instead, I've now experienced in… Continue reading A Bright and Beautiful Shattering