Grown Ups Need Timeouts Too

Recently, a friend of mine posted a verse on Instagram. Psalm 84:5-7, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you … they go from strength to strength.” It’s a perfectly lovely verse, but as I read it, the words that came out of my mouth were an accusation. “That’s not true,” I muttered. And I […]

Teaching a Pessimist to Pray

Hal the Owl Be Your Name When I was young, my mom recited the Lord’s Prayer before bed regularly. I would keep my eyes shut and obediently repeat after her, “Hal the Owl be your name.” Why did Jesus like owls so much? I wasn’t quite sure but I didn’t question it. Prayer was this […]

The Return From Elsewhere

One day you wake up and realize you’ve walked a thousand miles away from home. Yes, your feet still stand on the tile in your kitchen and your clothes still hang crooked in the closet. But your heart. It has long slipped away with the shadows. It has been chasing light around corners. The truth […]

Finding My Way Back to Joy

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” ― A.A. Milne It was like we were in the middle of the fireworks show as they exploded with light and sound on every […]

Wretchedly Familiar: When Life Feels Unfair

Wasn’t it just two months ago that I wrote about lament in this space? I checked, friends, and yes, it was. In September. Today, I find myself needing to return to those songs-in-a-minor-key for a while longer. October’s theme opened my sad heart to a season of rejoicing, for remembering all of the gracious things […]