lessons from the delivery room: loving broken hearts anywhere

lessons from the delivery room: loving broken hearts anywhere

  We stopped at the bank on the drive into the city.  I remember waiting in line while the armored car picked up its daily money collection.  I remember barely being able to contain the impatience and excitement. After we parked and walked through the cold, blustery winter afternoon, we rode the elevator to our […]

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

Holidays are hard.  Really hard.  And they really don’t seem to be getting any easier or less complicated. I’m not trying to be a Grinch or a Scrooge, honest!  I really do like giving gifts and trying to be thoughtful about giving them, rather than just buying anything and shoving it in some wrapping paper.  […]

overcoming the ugly: how to win over hate

overcoming the ugly: how to win over hate

“Hate is a very strong word,” my three-year-old daughter reminds me any time I slip and use the word about  my displeasure at being cold in winter or about disliking the phone after it rings twenty times in a day with telemarketers.  But she’s right. Hate really is a very strong word.  It’s a concept […]

time to grow up hope

time to grow up hope

“When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises […]

value is more than a price tag

value is more than a price tag

  “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of […]

breaking the downward spiral of education

breaking the downward spiral of education

So here’s the thing.  I think it’s time to open the flood gates… I’ve had several conversations and read several recent articles or blog posts in the past four days alone, nevermind those in the last 10 years, that are pointing me to something I’ve known for a long time was coming and is only […]

finding faith in the ashes

finding faith in the ashes

It was the day that started like so many others, worked out for an hour or so in the Grove City College weight room as soon as it opened, went to breakfast in the cafeteria, ate alone while reading my devotional, and then I left the door and saw the crowd, the silent, fear-struck group […]