Clothed and Unafraid

(This first section is meant to be read in the first person, as though you wrote it, as though your heart were in it, and I pray that God would put your heart in it.)What’s deep inside me that I don’t want anyone else to see?What if it were suddenly exposed?What would I do?What would…

The End-All-Be-All of Life

If you are broken, let me cry with you. If you are over the moon, let me rejoice with you. No matter how you feel, don’t let any emotion have solitary dominion over you. You are not meant to be alone. I pray that God would give you true friends in this life who you…

Bloody Taxes

Last night, I learned about the coldest inhabited town in the world, Oymyakon, Siberia. The road that must be taken to reach that town is called “The Road of Bones,” because those who died in the harsh conditions while building it were made to be part of the road. It was commissioned by Joseph Stalin…

Let it Rain

When was the last time you went running through the rain without a rain coat or umbrella? It was probably a long time ago; long before you worried about your clothes, or considered that you might get a cold. But maybe you always considered those things and never ran through the rain. Whether you chose…

Let it Snow

Usually, when I look at the world from my office window, I can’t tell if any precipitation is falling. I have no point of reference to distinguish between water droplets and the sky above. But, when it snows, I can see every flake so clearly; especially when it falls down in big, feathery chunks. They…

My Friday Afternoon

It’s late on a Friday afternoon, and I am here; writing. I could be in the gym or at home; doing laundry, reading a book, or watching a movie. And on any given afternoon, there are a lot of things I could be doing, but I often choose to do the things I probably shouldn’t…

Step Through the Door

A couple Saturdays ago, I was blessed to attend a friend’s wedding in Tennessee. It was kind of crazy, remembering him as a toddler, and then seeing him stand in front of his bride and read his wedding vows. Within that ceremony, I saw a picture of Heavenly grace; God makes everything beautiful and complete…

The Beauty in Not Knowing

“Secularism, materialism, and the intrusive presence of things have put out the light in our souls and turned us into a generation of zombies. We cover our deep ignorance with words, but we are ashamed to wonder, we are afraid to whisper, ‘Mystery.’” (A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, Chapter 4) Some people fear…

Living Mithril

The sun hung in the middle of the sky, and I could feel it’s warmth on my left shoulder, making my whole body feel cocooned in light. And as I looked down on the earth below, all of the ponds, creeks, and rivers shone like mithril; veins and pockets of pure light in the midst…

Poor Mirrors

I’ve seen those eyes thousands of times before. There are times when they have looked straight through me, refusing to see the real me, and there are times when they have seen the real me, but it’s not what I wish they would have seen. Those eyes are my eyes; me reflection look back at…