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When my oldest daughter was thirteen, she was bantering with a group of boys at the park when one of them made a sexual joke and they all started pointing and laughing at her.  I found her sobbing in the bathtub where she was washing herself over and over saying, “Why did they do that? […]
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A handful of times in my life, I’ve laid prostrate before God in prayer.  One time it was before a significant leadership decision.  Another time was a moment of profound desperation during a crisis in my life.  Most recently, after God showed up dramatically among us at a retreat, I snuck back into the meeting […]
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Why is it that the minute we lay down, everything unresolved in our lives comes to the surface?  Every mistake you made that day, the reliving of that argument and what you wish you had said, the regret with how you should have parented that child differently but now it’s too late, the running of […]
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The stories of advent are among my favorite when it comes to exploring calling on our lives.  Men and women walking their everyday lives… priests, young girls, old women, shepherds, astronomers– going about their lives on the treadmill of whatever the equivalent of the “American dream” was for a middle Eastern Jew… get yourself a wife […]
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A few years ago, I was flipping through magazines for a project when I stumbled on a photo from National Geographic that grabbed my attention.  The photo showed a country in extreme drought or perhaps a river bed gone dry;  the scorched earth was so withered and parched, it had formed thick cracks stretching in a web […]
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Doorways are a powerful image for certain points in our lives.  In the work we do, we often find ourselves sitting with someone in front of a big scary door, behind which lies a myriad of pains they have been resistant to address:  disappointments, anger, grief, addiction, doubt, fear.  There we sit, coaxing them to […]
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