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The Word Made Flesh

The Word Made Flesh

For 28 years of marriage, I insisted on a real Christmas tree, because real trees equaled real joy.  We’d travel as a family the Friday after Thanksgiving, hunting and opening and shaking and fluffing dozens of Frasier firs till we crowned “the perfect one.” We’d...
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...