glory

What if:

we knew how well-loved we are? There is a deficit in each of us, an uncertainty about who we are and why we are here. Sin-suffering compounds this deficit; we don’t know “who” and “why” in the face of enormous pain. If God were to somehow exist in this ugliness, we wouldn’t want anything to do […]

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Bare, revisited

Fire, small and mean, spits at me, its red darting flames just like my daughter’s tongue when it protrudes from her mouth to scorn me. I scowl back. Fistfuls of smoke pour over the cauldron; howling winds grab the steam and fling it out on the high prairie beyond the grove of trees encircling me. […]

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Joy

Rediscovery is always a delight when found as an old, quirky friend, a freshly washed bill in the dryer or, for me last Christmas, lyrics to the holiday classic “The Little Drummer Boy.” As I listened to a popular a cappella group sing this familiar story, their unique rendition clearly revealed its message: a young boy earnestly beats […]

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Power

‘Tis the season for richly adorned catalogs. Each day, our mailbox is stuffed with brightly-colored photographs of blenders and comforters and baubles and cookies and sweaters and tinsel and, always, “Top Ten” lists for dads (which without fail beg the question, “Would you actually buy that?!”). These glossies give little fingers trouble as they work hard […]

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