Little friends “roar” in Lucy’s honor

Y

"The past is never dead, it is not even past." ~William Faulkner It's January 13, and many of us are feeling the sense of possibility that comes with a new year. But, many of us are also feeling a bit blue. There's not quite enough sun around the Midwest these days, and Vitamin D levels, like daily temps, are in the teens or single digits. What's more, the holidays have reminded us of, not only the people who are with us, but also of those who are not. This Christmas and New Year, my heart was e … [Read more...]

Helping Children Through National Tragedies

iStock_000008954993XSmall

“Did you hear that children my age probably died in that tornado today, Daddy?”Those were the first words out of my eight-year-old daughter’s mouth when I got home from work last night.I can’t imagine what it must be like to grow up in a day so filled with tragedy AND instant media coverage. When I was eight, I felt stressed about parent-teacher conferences, a bully at my school named Curtis, and selling Babe Ruth candy bars to raise money for my baseball team. My children are growing up … [Read more...]

Watching People Drown Themselves?

Fighting against yourself

“I know it’s wrong, but I can’t stop,” said a husband who had just admitted to me that he was having an affair. His wife was sitting next to him, holding a picture of their three children. When I asked the husband if he realized that he was flushing his life down the toilet, he paused for a moment, struck a pose akin to the thinking man, and replied, “It’s hard to explain…I just can’t stay away from her (mistress).”Why is it that we choose to do the things that destroy us? Take John Allem … [Read more...]

Slow Down, Log Off, And Mourn

wood drake

If you’re like me, you’ve been trying to keep up with everything happening everywhere, as commented on by everyone. All of us care deeply about what happened in Newtown. All of us care about how the family and friends of the victims are doing. All of us care that our nation responds in helpful, productive ways. It is human to care, and we are human.But none of us can process the amount of information we receive in one hour on Facebook, Twitter, and the various news and blog sites we follow. O … [Read more...]

Where is God in Wicked Times?

God and Wickedness

I’m particularly thankful for a blogging platform on days like today. All of us feel a complexity of emotions immediately following announcements like the one we heard this morning. Many of us wish we could climb to the tallest peak and scream out our sadness, confusion, and a dozen other raw, anxious emotions that we’re feeling. I appreciate the chance to do a little of that here.At this moment, I’m feeling intensely sad—twelve souls passed immediately into eternity this morning by the hands … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X