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Music Under Tension

By |2020-08-23T15:17:10-06:00August 22nd, 2020|Devotion|

My curious Kindergartener's fingers had just brushed the strings of a guitar. Instead of hearing sonorous sounds like the kind that stream from the speakers in our kitchen, an atrocious sound filled the air. *Thwump* "It sounds terrible! Why does it sound so bad?" For a guitar to make beautiful music, its strings have to be tight. When a musician [...]

Messages from the Master

By |2020-07-26T12:46:12-06:00July 26th, 2020|Devotion|

We love him so much more than C3-PO. Friendly, witty, helpful. He's the sidekick droid you always wanted. In fact, R2-D2 was the robotic ally for many of the heroes in the Star Wars universe. Han. Leah. Anakin. Luke. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rey. Yoda. That chirping droid saw—and knew—everything. He carried messages, collected data, and navigated intergalactic conflict with resilient humor. [...]

Worry Is Wasted Energy

By |2020-07-09T05:56:13-06:00July 8th, 2020|Devotion|

The street light's yellow glow wafted through the window panes in the dark night. Surrounded by books, notes, scribbles and outlines, I was eight hours from the end of my last college semester. I wish I could tell you that I had responsibly mapped out my projects, planned out my papers, and scheduled out my time. But no—it was officially [...]

Does My Life Qualify as Canon?

By |2020-06-07T11:47:14-06:00June 7th, 2020|Devotion|

When the books in the New Testament were initially penned, I wonder if the writers knew they were the Holy Spirit-inspired authors of holy Scripture. Like many things Spirit-inspired, I wonder if the act of picking up a pen or dictating a sentence to a scribe  was simply a natural, dedicated, and focused part of their day. Surely Matthew and [...]

Well Done

By |2020-05-03T10:14:43-06:00May 3rd, 2020|Devotion|

How do you hear "Well done, good and faithful servant" at the end of your life? You hear it at the end of this morning. At the end of this afternoon. At the end of this day. And the next. And the next. There are seasons of life when it's not about making it through the day—it's about making it [...]

Negative Space

By |2020-04-18T14:08:49-06:00April 18th, 2020|Devotion|

Clouds of chalk floated through the dappled light. Three children, tongues out with concentration,  filled in shapes. Triangles and trapezoids covered the weathered wood fence, hemmed in by painter's tape. Fingers gripped coral pink and seafoam green and sky blue and soft yellow, rubbing them up and down the wood. When rain drizzles truncated the project, we pulled off the [...]

Exposed

By |2020-03-28T13:03:45-06:00March 28th, 2020|Devotion|

This virus is exposing so many things about us, isn't it? Exposing our dependence on entertainment. Exposing our flurry and "busy" and rushing. Exposing the things we did out of obligation or expectation, not purpose. Exposing our addiction to normalcy, to comfort, to safety. Exposing our expectation for instant gratification. Exposing whether or not that house we work so hard [...]

Let’s Go to Church

By |2020-05-03T09:57:25-06:00March 22nd, 2020|Devotion|

It hit me with a rush of emotions on Friday afternoon, just how much has changed. My 4-year-old daughter and my 6-year-old niece are interacting over FaceTime, playing happily. I hear mostly one side of the conversation from the kitchen while she delightedly runs from the library, where the iPad is, to her bedroom and back again countless times. They [...]