Somewhere along the way, I put my heart into a box. I wanted to contain the pain and longing. I carried it with me in a bag. That bag was stuffed to overflowing. When things arose that needed my heart, I threw them in the bag to handle later. But eventually, the bag became so... Continue Reading →
Does prayer work?
What do we mean when we say, “Prayer works”? I’ve heard this phrase a lot as a Christian in a variety of situations. Prayer works! I got the job. Prayer works! He is recovering. Prayer works! He is getting sober. Prayer works! The broken relationship is being mended. These words, though well-intentioned, bother me. Two... Continue Reading →
Ambiguity, uncertainty, messiness.2020 feels like a year full of this, revealing how each of us handles ambiguity and uncertainty. Do we cling to what can control?Do we assume nothing we do makes a difference?Or do we walk somewhere in the middle of the mess? Ambiguity is hard for me. I like concrete answers, certainty, closure,... Continue Reading →