Why I Think You Should (Sometimes) Ignore Your Children

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I am a contemplative Christian. But I am not the kind with a cloister. I'm not even the kind with a door that locks. I'm the kind with a toddler who gets into the trash. …

Family

July 24 2014

suffer slow

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There we were. We were all there, in the same place, at the same time – little sprigs slowly opening to warmth again.  It takes time to be okay again, and that’s just fine. The speed …

Little Help from Our Friends

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Years ago, when our boys were little, we had a small community of friends that gathered in our home for several years. One evening, our youngest asked, in eager expectation, whether our friends were coming …

Family

July 22 2014

The Smoking Baby

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My mom had a bizarre, painful accident that required surgery, so I drove 250 miles over the Colorado mountains to help her avoid a rocky recovery. She is famous for dropping everything to help in …

Gettin’ on the Mat

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Matthew’s gospel has him showing up by the lakeside. Mark and Luke talk about an overcrowded house and the removal of roof tiles to get the guy into the same airspace as the Rabbi. And …

Go Ahead and Get Happy

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I am a realist, also known as a pessimist. My worst-case scenarios dress themselves as facts of reality so I listen to them. But by the grace of God, I married an optimist. I fell …

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