Journey Into Solitude: What I Learned Listening to Steinbeck

  Before Monday, I had only read one book by John Steinbeck. It was The Pearl and it was long before I began to love prose. But this week I traveled to Lake Huron from Lake Michigan. I needed some solitude and rest and to listen. So, I downloaded an audio version of Travels With Charlie,…

If you feel stuck

We’ve forgotten. We’ve forgotten that you’re not stuck. When we get stuck or muddled, or confused, we think you must be too. We think you’re out of ideas again. We think you’ve left us. We think you must have forgotten. We think our fear means your absence. We think our stress means you’ve finally gone…

It’s OK to Be Human

I’ve been going to counseling for the past couple months. It’s beautiful and I think we should talk about our bruised minds like we talk about our bruised knees. Naturally. Unashamedly. And honestly. I’m learning about humanity right now. I’m teaching my brain it’s Ok to be human. That we make errors and can’t control…

Morning Prayer: For The Hurt We See

God of the flood, we feel like your promises have all gone mute. We feel like you’ve forgotten to never cut the land with harsh rain. We feel like you’ve created a flood but neglected to call an Ark builder. And it’s not us we’re so worried about, but them. Those we love. Those we…

If You Want Healing

  Soul, you’ve forgotten the brook. You’ve neglected the river. You’ve passed by the water. You’ve tried other balms. You’ve taken other brides. You’ve cherished other hopes. And they’ve left you tired like only fake things can. Soul, the things we make with our hands cannot help our deepest hurt or provide our deepest hope….

If You Can’t Receive Love

Christians have always made a big deal out of loving Jesus. And I get this. They mean, I think, that is strange in our world of metrics, and money, and industry, to love a man that claims to be God. They mean that is impressive you have learned to love him. People have told me, “I…

Short Story: Full Bellies

Somewhere in northern Libya, a grandmother of 78 held her just 5 year old son by the hand. They had just finished a breakfast of sorts that left both of them a little more hungry than when they sat down to eat it. Her hands were calloused from working with wheat and thread and grandchildren….

Do The Thing That Makes You Blush

“Something got crossed in the wires, and I became the person I should be and not the person I am. I feel like I should go back and get the person I am and bring them here to the person I should be.”  (Donald Miller in Blue Like Jazz)  First, if you haven’t read Blue…

194 Word Poem: Knowing

  “If you knew…if you knew.”  The girl of eighteen shuddered in the November air. She shuddered it to no one and everyone. She shivered and thought of all the unknown things. She thought of all the people that did not know. She thought of the ache she felt by not telling. It felt like…

Morning Prayer: Forgive Our Seeking

  Forgive our seeking. For we have searched all the corners but failed to come to the rock. We are tired. We are worn. And you would have us this way. For, this is the curse if we are bent on seeking safety in what our hands can make or do. It is restlessness. It is…

If You Believe in Truth Too

“It is clear, then, that to love others well we must first love the truth.” (Thomas Merton) There is so much talk today about love. We talk of acceptance and of equality. We talk of fairness and of embracing the “other”. We discuss it in our businesses, in our politics and in our churches. It trends…

Morning Reminder: Genesis 2

“No shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth…”(Genesis 2:5) Christian, there is no green without the hand of God. Whatever lush fields we enjoy, whatever small blessing we encounter, whatever sweet…