Life is Vapor, Week 10

What can we do when we're lost in the dark?  How can we confront the absurdities of life on a fallen planet?  What does it mean to choose light? Last night we talked about this idea of choosing light, setting our hearts on things above, consciously turning away from darkness that could swallow us whole.…

The Surprising Upside to Sadness

Hey friends!  This one's for the weary...  So pleased to team up with The Gospel Coalition today for this article.  You can check it out here, and while you're at it, peruse their site for deep thoughts, strong encouragement, and a good theological shot of espresso.

Ecclesiastes and Pretzels

Grisham, Hemingway, Melville, U2, The Byrds, Dave Matthews, and debatably, Pink Floyd.  What do they all have in common?  They’ve all borrowed (stolen?) from Ecclesiastes.  Who can blame them?  What is not to love?  This is the book for our times:  from drinking to free love to despondent fatalism, it’s like the lyric sheet of our…

Can’t I just learn the hard way?

Little man really wanted to try some of that vanilla I was putting in the banana bread.  "It's yucky, buddy," I said.  "Yummy in the bread, not so good by itself." "Pleeease?" "You won't like it." "But Mom, can't I just learn the hard way?" Oh my gosh, he is just like me!  How many…

Joyful January

January 2 ought to be known as Anticlimax Day.  The turkey is getting a little... ripe, the lights are coming down, the New Year's Resolutions have already been broken, the batteries in the new toys have died.  The parties are over, the eggnog's run out, the radio is playing the same old songs from October…

Thankful.

thankfulness hymn for the small things: light on water, shaded forest, laughter ringing clear my mind to see your beauty make me thankful, Lord for the moments gone forever, conversations, love so fleeting, give me power to remember, make me thankful, Lord all the gifts declare your kindness, joyful Father, loving Friend, make me long…

Stacking the odds.

"Best part?" he asks every night at supper. And the kids shout out, especially the happy ones, "Playing with Legos and building a Star Wars/Lord of the Rings/Velociraptor!" "Eating doughnuts for breakfast!" "Being here with you, Dad." That one makes a regular appearance, equal parts delightful and deliberate. But some days the kids are grouchy,…

The Habit of Seeing

Annie Dillard has mastered it.  To see -- to see closely and to see expansively -- to see the habits of crickets and the wide-wheeling stars, behind them both wisdom, and grace, and fearful purpose.  And there are those who see people -- see the quirks and the guiding passions, behind them the yearning for…