The first in a series of A Year Without God Glossary.fear: \ˈfir\an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger anxious concern profound reverence and awe especially toward God—Merriam-Webster Dictionary "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." —Proverbs 9:10 "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is no … [Read more...]

It’s lonely out here: the wisdom of the shipwrecked

I didn’t anticipate how lonely this journey would be.I don’t mean that I’ve been completely abandoned by the people I care about, though I have lost some friends. I mean loneliness at the deepest level. A kind of subterranean emptiness that runs like background music in my mind and only rises to the level of my consciousness when I’m especially tired or disappointed about my life. Think: free-fall.Nor is loneliness the same as being alone. I enjoy being alone more than I ever have. I ment … [Read more...]