Make Me a Window

Dear Lord, Humble, expectant, adoring, thankful, trusting, fearless, free, obedient, submissive, cheerfully willing, resolute, unflappable, thirsty to know You, restless to find You, aware of Your fingerprints, beauty-struck, truth-dazzled, childlike, wonder-full, amaze-able, gracious, overflowing, joyful, lavish, servant-hearted, last and least, single-minded, undistracted, honest, hopeful, simple, quiet, bold and unashamed-- Mold me into such a posture,…

Lighting a Fire

Yesterday was the last day of 6th grade for my young one. For seven years now I have been his primary teacher, a role I was not expecting to play but have been privileged to enjoy. This passage of another school year has me thinking about education in all its varieties—homeschool, public school, college, Life.…

Sweet old dog.

Last week we had another Marley and Me moment, saying goodbye quite unexpectedly to our sweet old collie, Scout. I say “another” moment, because it’s the third time in eight years we’ve gone through this particular grind of grief; less, surely, than a two-legged loss, but a knock-the-wind-out-of-you pain all the same. Our dogs, one…

Prayer for all the Mamas

Dear Lord, I have so much to do today. And each of the seemingly simple tasks opens up like an onion with a million layers. You know how I'm prone to panic, Lord, at the busyness, at the clock. So "teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom."…

“There is No Planet B,” or, Ten Ways the Earth is Good for Your Soul

Emmanuel Macron (he's the president of France, mais oui) spoke to our Congress yesterday, and offered this pithy observation: "We are killing our planet. Let's face it, there is no planet B." Now, I'm not exactly a model conservationist, but I have lived on planet A long enough to know that he's absolutely right. You…

A Spiritual Personality Test

Before there was Enneagram or Myers-Briggs, there was Jesus. When a stickler for rule-keeping asked him (prosaically) about the most important rule of all, Jesus' answer went so far above and beyond that it could easily answer a dozen (better) questions. Let's see. What is God looking for from humans? What is the key to…

Called and Keeping Place: Two Very Short Book Reviews

This month I simultaneously listened to Jen Pollock Michel's Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home and paged through Ryan Pemberton's Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis's House and Back Again. It was a fascinating combo platter. Both Michel and Pemberton found themselves far from their places of origin and longing for home. Both explore…

Sojourner

Imagine you slept last night with the window cracked, and this morning as the sky grew light, you heard a persistent bird on a tree branch outside. It must have been a new bird in the neighborhood, because it was a tune you hadn’t heard, one haunting melody whistled again and again. Imagine you got…

Imposter Syndrome

In the early days, to admit that I wanted to be a writer was painfully embarrassing. “What are your hobbies?” someone would ask. “Um, nothing really.” The asker’s eyebrows would freeze into question marks. But I hated being boring, so desperately I’d cast about for a better answer. “I used to jog, but I have…