• marriage

    advent journal: i get it now

    by  • December 6, 2016 • advent journal, love, marriage • 1 Comment

    I could blame it on somebody, but I’ll just fess up instead: I’ve watched my share of Hallmark Christmas movies. Though I love a good character-driven, emotional landslide where nothing much happens other than profound sadness, I get hooked waiting for the two people to figure out they were meant for each other and...

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    penultimate

    by  • April 20, 2016 • hope, love, marriage, poetry • 4 Comments

    penultimate it was the night before though I suppose I could say it was the last night but that is not how I’ve ever thought of it nothing was ending everything was beginning we gathered everyone we could think of in the fellowship hall to tell stories eat barbecue and mark the moment nothing...

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    zacchaeus

    by  • April 17, 2016 • love, marriage, poetry • 4 Comments

    zacchaeus when I think of the tiny tax collector clinging to the tree waiting for Jesus to pass by I imagine my father there a short man with low self-esteem willing to go out on a limb hoping love would call him by name somehow my mother is there too taking Jesus by the...

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    lenten journal: structure

    by  • March 2, 2016 • lenten journal, love, marriage • 5 Comments

    Today would have been my parents’ sixtieth wedding anniversary, so this morning I went looking for Wendell Berry’s poem “The Country of Marriage” to set the tone for my day, landing on these words in particular: Our bond is no little economy based on the exchange of my love and work for yours, so...

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    lenten journal: love song

    by  • February 19, 2016 • lenten journal, love, marriage, music • 0 Comments

    Yes, I know it’s two words tonight, but they go together like one. Bear with me. There are times in life where nothing happens other than daily life and yet it feels somehow crucial and important. These are those days for me. My days have been full of everyday things, and those things have...

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    lenten journal: adventure

    by  • February 28, 2015 • faith, lenten journal, love, marriage, seeing • 3 Comments

    I am writing late tonight because I have been at a wedding. The daughter of church friends got married this evening. Several weeks ago, they contacted me about baking pies for the wedding. They didn’t want a cake. Instead they wanted individual mini pies—equal amounts of key lime and chocolate chess. We came up...

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    ginger in the snow

    by  • February 12, 2014 • love, marriage, poetry • 9 Comments

    who knows how many pictures of you I’ve taken how many times we’ve walked down our street — in sun and snow — on our way   to coffee and conversation yet you still steal my heart in the simplest of ways the singlest of frames the hope and ache   of a lifetime...

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