• hope

    a word for today

    by  • May 21, 2013 • grief, hope • 3 Comments

    Somewhere I have pictures. During the summer of 2011, a group of young people and adults from our church went to Birmingham, Alabama to help clean up after the devastating tornado that had dredged a path of destruction a mile wide from Tuscaloosa through the Magic City. We drove up to the north side...

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    do you want to get well?

    by  • May 6, 2013 • community, hope, love • 1 Comment

    “Do you want to get well?” The whole story swings on that sentence. The story I’m speaking of is Jesus’ encounter with the man at the pool at Bethesda. Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda,...

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    hymn for boston (and everyone else)

    by  • April 15, 2013 • grief, hope • 3 Comments

    You say you see no hope, you say you see no reason We should dream that the world would ever change You’re saying love is foolish to believe ‘Cause there’ll always be some crazy with an Army or a Knife To wake you from your day dream, put the fear back in your life…...

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    rite of spring

    by  • April 13, 2013 • change, grief, hope, poetry • 2 Comments

    these are days littered with losses the absences seem more present perhaps because we marked eighteen months since my father-in-law died now the news comes of others — one who made me laugh and one who reminded me God laughs, too hard to navigate life without hitting these pot-holes of the heart even the...

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    easter message

    by  • April 5, 2013 • grief, hope, poetry • 6 Comments

    only steps away from the empty tomb and already we’re walking back to the cemetery alongside a friend who must bury his father most of our footsteps it seems are aimed toward the grave rather than away from it — lazarus could tell you that we are like sheep headed for slaughter we sat...

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    lenten journal: laugh, think, cry

    by  • March 21, 2013 • hope, lenten journal • 0 Comments

    This morning I watched the ESPN documentary on Jim Valvano and the 1983 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion team from North Carolina State. For those of you who don’t know, NC State was the longest of long shots that year and Valvano’s life was cut short by cancer. Part of the documentary included his acceptance...

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