When Love Outlasts Death: Janis Heaphy Durham’s “The Hand on the Mirror”

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While many Christians see paranormal activity as a threat to orthodoxy, surely those of us who believe that a dead man rose to life again after three days in a tomb can make room in our world for the possibility that loved ones will reach out to us from beyond the grave, that the love we shared continues as a real and powerful force in the world. [Read more...]

Why Even the Smallest Good Work is Worth Doing

Jesus showed us how even small acts of care are multiplied in God’s economy, so that ultimately all are filled and satisfied—not because the economists and politicians and voters focus on big problems at the expense of little ones, but because every act of mercy, justice, and love is born in the heart of our infinite God and is therefore infinitely powerful, capable of bringing about change far beyond our limited vision of what’s possible and prudent. [Read more...]

The Perfect Pair of Boots and the Essential Work of Parenting

I wonder if, as our children grow and their increasingly complicated needs outgrow our capacities to easily meet them, the physical care we offer actually becomes more important, not less. We love people by engaging in basic acts of care for them. That is the essential, sometimes undervalued, foundation of parental love. It’s also the essential foundation of Christian love. [Read more...]

Can You Regret Having a Child Who Inherits Your Genetic Baggage?

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But while I sometimes wish I could have spared my daughter her genetic fate, I’m also profoundly grateful that it was not in my power to decide what kind of kid I would get. [Read more...]

How Robin Williams’s Suicide is Changing How I Love My Kids

We spend a lot of time and effort in our culture to encourage our kids to find their talents and hone them. This time of year, I’m beginning to piece together the after-school schedule, figuring out how I can get one child from point A to point B and pick up another child from school, [Read More...]

The Tenacious Brilliance of a Long Marriage

In recognition of my and Daniel’s 17th wedding anniversary this weekend, I’m reposting this piece, slightly edited, from last year. Daniel and I have a bunch of good wedding ring stories. There’s the story about Daniel going to buy my engagement ring. (Actually, to exchange the ring he bought for his first fiancée for a bigger, nicer [Read More...]

God is “Dog” Spelled Backwards

My daughter tells me that when I’m not at home, our dog (whose name is Sunday) wanders around looking for me. She sniffs all the places where I can usually be found, like the dining room window seat, the kitchen, or the den. She wanders, restless, when she can’t find me. While Sunday loves pretty much [Read More...]

Our Leaky Hearts

In church on Sunday, we sang one of my favorite hymns, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” I particularly love the final lines of the final verse: Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, O, take and seal it. Seal it for thy courts above. [Read More...]


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