Welcome or Wanted

Welcome or Wanted

I was speaking with a young friend recently who shared her heart about feeling welcome but not necessarily wanted in her friend group. She explained that when they all gathered she enjoyed herself. She thought of herself as part of their group, but then thought it...
A Case of Christmas Whiplash

A Case of Christmas Whiplash

Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright… — Joseph Mohr I recently arrived home from three months on a semi-off-grid island 60 miles from Auckland, New Zealand. When I left home in September it still felt like summer in North Carolina. When I arrived...
Who Do You Say I Am?

Who Do You Say I Am?

Light unshared is darkness. To be light indeed, it must shine out. It is of the very essence of light, that it is for others.  — George MacDonald In recent weeks, a singular question has repeatedly entered my consciousness. “Who do you say I am?” Of course, this...
Knowing God: A Matter of the Heart

Knowing God: A Matter of the Heart

Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. — Proverbs 4:7, NIV Have you ever struggled with the idea of what it means to truly “know” God? How is it possible to know the Creator of the Universe? Can he even be known? Does he want to know me? As a...
Yahrzeit: Remembering a Loss

Yahrzeit: Remembering a Loss

Christians lack a ritual for the long and tiring process that is sorrow and loss. — Lauren Winner Between December 2021 and August 2022, our family lost four parents—both of my husband’s adopted parents, his birth mom, and my dad. This week is an anniversary that is...

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