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The Holy Hope of Mother’s Day

The Holy Hope of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day. There have hardly been two more inadequate words in history. How does “Mother” sum up all the grief-joy-doubt-love-work of this calling? How can a “Day” hold a million moments of longing, laughing, pain, beauty, and prayer? These two words often shut the...
How Can I Change?

How Can I Change?

It only takes one glance through the magazines in the grocery checkout line to confirm our culture’s obsession with transformation:  Eat, Look, and Live Better; Spend Smarter and Live Happier; Amazing Before and After Makeovers…of Home or Work or Body or Self. We know...
Am I Chosen By God?

Am I Chosen By God?

There once was a boy who stood in a corner of a high school party, soaking his sorrows in vodka. This boy was usually the center of attention, the ringleader of any kind of mischief or fun. But tonight, he was quieter, withdrawn. If he was honest, he didn’t see much...
How to Ignore God

How to Ignore God

Even as I started to write this article, I did it:  I ignored God. I read my assigned scripture, fired up my laptop, and tapped into my own history and skill to make notes about what I would say here. I did not first ask God to be near, to speak, to let me know what I...