A note to disappointment.

I know that you are disappointed. You were really hoping for that. You were praying and being open and trying to not be too optimistic, but you had some valid reasons to want it. And it went to someone else who you know will do fine. But you are disappointed. A couple thoughts. First, it’s […]

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A little more on timing.

It is possible for something to be true, and always true, and sometimes not helpful at all. Some people assume that statements from the Bible are always true and always helpful. And so, for example, in moments of deep grief following the loss of a child, someone will say to the parents, “in all things […]

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Stories without fires

Rich Dixon’s on the road again. +++ I love Jon’s simple image of Jesus and campfire stories. The FREEDOM TOUR team will gather this weekend to ride bikes in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Four days, four passes, 21,000+ feet of climbing with 22 great people surrounded by 14,000 ft. peaks – what could be better […]

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About waiting with someone. Sort of.

I have to talk with you about timing and about how timing matters when talking to grieving, questioning, hurting, waiting, wondering people. But I don’t have my conversation all worked out yet. +++ You know how when someone is waiting for the lab report that will tell them whether or not they will die sooner […]

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A suggestion about suggestions

It happened more than I care to admit last week. I was talking to a friend about a hard season. “Have you talked to someone?” I asked. And encouraged it. I was talking to a beloved about sore joints. “Have you thought about some yoga?” I asked, pointing to the value of stretching. I was […]

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