"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point... Continue Reading →

Currently Reading

  I've just started to read Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (2012) and it has already turned my worldview upside down. I thought I knew poverty existed. I knew nothing. I have a feeling I'll be writing more as I continue to experience this most moving piece of nonfiction, but am including a... Continue Reading →

Kindred

Over the past week or so, I’ve been struggling with what I can only describe as an intensely suffocating sadness. And as much as I’ve tried to talk to others about it, I know there’s only one other person in my world who knows exactly how I feel. Oh, don’t get me wrong, the others... Continue Reading →

Good Friday

Day 39 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. The Death of Jesus Mark 15:33-41 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema... Continue Reading →

Calling

Day 24 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Your writing style is so unique and fun to read, even when you’re blowing my mind open with unanswerable questions. Your writing reminds me of your Dad’s – harsh reality mixed with biting... Continue Reading →

Perspective

Day 14 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, I was thinking this morning. Yes, again. And in typical fashion my thoughts were floating all over the place. G says I have “shiny button” disease: every thing I see, and every thought... Continue Reading →

Stages II

Today is Day 9 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Absolutely no evidence whatsoever. That’s where we left off yesterday. While we’re on a roll, let’s take a look at another theology of suffering, this time from Dr. Timothy Keller. Dr.... Continue Reading →

Stages

Today is Day 8 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Before I get started, I want to say thank you. I know we’re not even a fourth of the way into Lent, but I feel like we’ve both already done some... Continue Reading →

Trials

Today is Day 7 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, My reading today from Bread and Wine was an essay called “The Royal Road” written by Thomas à Kempis, a Dutch priest during the late medieval period. He is best known... Continue Reading →

Prayer II

Today is Day 6 of the series Lenten Letters, forty days of contemplation in the form of correspondence to my best friend. Dear Friend, Our exchange yesterday regarding prayer was a good one. So much so, I couldn’t devote just one day to the topic. Your letter – as always – posed compelling questions that... Continue Reading →

The Best Ever

I once asked my grown children what their favorite childhood memory was. Without hesitation, they both said, “the summer we went to the pool every day.” And it was a good memory! We would sleep late every day, having stayed up late every night watching television (mostly scary shows…Son’s favorite), playing games, or making crafts. When we... Continue Reading →

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