We’re in the beginning of the 4th week of 2022. And I’m still processing why it doesn’t feel like the new year even happened… I also wonder: Does anyone else feel that way or is it only me? I don’t have any specific answers yet as to why. But as I’ve been spending time with God about it, and He gave me this image: a … Continue reading 2022: The Fog
A reflection on this past year, inspired by Jesus’ parable of the soils in Matthew 13. There’s this deep work that God wants to do in me. It can’t be done on the surface-level of my life but only at the soul-level. And it seems like everything in my world works against it. Even many of the ways I was taught to live and lead … Continue reading The Soil of My Soul
The Sirens of Busyness are singing. Can you hear them? I can. Very clearly. [If you don’t remember much from Greek mythology, you likely remember the imagery of the Sirens. Half-birds, half beautiful maidens, the Sirens were singing enchantresses capable of luring passing sailors to their islands, and, subsequently, to their doom. Daughters of the river god Achelous and a Muse, they were fated … Continue reading The Sirens Of Busyness
Here’s the longer quote from Thomas á Kempis: “No one feels in his heart what Christ felt in his Passion, except the person who suffers as he did. So, the cross is always ready and waits for you everywhere. You cannot escape it no matter where you run, for wherever you go, you are burdened with yourself, and wherever you go, there you are. Look … Continue reading “and wherever you go, there you are.”
A reflection on how I’ve experienced God dealing with evil, inspired by Hosea’s experience with God in Hosea 1. I am deeply hurt. And I am very angry. The results of evil I see in this world stir these emotions in me. Initially I just see the evil the other has caused. I can’t believe how a person who calls themselves by God’s name could … Continue reading I Am Deeply Hurt. And I Am Very Angry.
A reflection on how I’ve experienced God meeting with me, inspired by Elijah’s experience with God in 1 Kings 19:8-18. I feel alone sometimes. At times it feels like wandering. Other times it feels like running for my life. On the outside I can accomplish something big for God. People see it. God shows up. It proves my faith. Right? Except on the inside I’m … Continue reading In The Pain, God Is There