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Gratitude & Lament

Type out paragraphs. Back space. Erase. Delete. My brow furrows, my brain turning and spinning, trying to think of or be divinely inspired to find new or renewed thoughts about…

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Soul Excavating

I came face to face with a lie a few months ago that went something like this: “If I don’t stand out, I won’t get picked for the team.” A…

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Three Hopes for the Holidays

In the late hours of All-Hallows’ Eve (known more popularly as Halloween), I sat near my father’s bedside along with my sisters, mother, and a few other family members. My…

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The Good Soil

My grandfather was a landscaper. He tilled the soil and beautified the grounds at a local university in western Pennsylvania. My favorite photo of him shows him leaning against a…

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Seasons

Last month was the start of fall. The temperatures have slowly been cooling here in Colorado for the past several weeks, so the transition between seasons has been gradual. From…

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Unfamiliar Ground

I’ve covered some unfamiliar ground over the years, places that have made me grapple with my humanness in relation to others. Places my life experiences, college degrees or Wednesday night…

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Wake-Up and Smell the Coffee

I love coffee. I always have. I love the way it smells and tastes, the way a cup of it rests comfortably in my hand, the way every sip warms…

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Mobilized for Mission

When I was in college, two of my friends began to take their shovels out in the blustery mornings of the cold Indiana winter to clear the snow out from…

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Sabbath: Making All Things New

We belong to a story. It begins with an ordering of things, an orchestral creation of beauty and wonder wrought out of the chaos. Linear time made its appearance. After…

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