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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 [...]

Psalm 23 in Quarantine

By |2020-03-19T09:49:42-06:00March 19th, 2020|Devotion|

It's so surreal, isn't it? Coffee shops shut down. Museums shuttered. Churches live streaming. Commitments cancelled, task lists reshuffled, priorities transformed. It seems the only safe place is a wide, open field six feet away from your closest neighbor. Wait—Isn't there a verse about that? He makes me lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul.     This [...]

Do the Next Thing

By |2020-02-22T08:59:06-06:00February 18th, 2020|Devotion|

This frail, weak woman in a wheelchair had changed the world. Not in a gratuitous sense. Not simply as a statement. Not in a nice, you-had-a-nice-life scenario where we get to the end and draw concentric circles around a random arrow, then claim we hit our target. No. This woman had actually changed the world. This was Elisabeth Elliot. Wife [...]

Overzealous Brushing

By |2020-02-12T09:37:06-06:00February 12th, 2020|Devotion|

My idealistic, focused, ministry-working, 70-hour-a-week self constantly ignored the reality of the dentist. Don’t tell anyone, but for over ten years, you would have never found me inside a dentist's office or sitting in a hygienist's chair for that all-important bi-yearly cleaning. At first, I was just too busy serving. That's what I told myself. Then, it was simply procrastination—"I'll [...]

Let in the Light

By |2020-01-18T16:52:34-06:00January 18th, 2020|Devotion|

Camera in hand, I would linger long around the cathedral's outside. The external walls, bathed in the warm afternoon light, called for photographic exploration. Only after thoroughly exploring all sides of the cathedral, would I peek inside for a quick snap. St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria. Perhaps it's the nature of a European cathedral, of entering the Catholic [...]