Psalm 6

(First published July 20, 2011.) It happens all the time in songs (and in stories.) For the first two verses, everything is bad. And then the hero comes, the story turns, the cavalry arrives, the light dawns. We love to read these stories, to sing these songs, because they give us hope. The first two […]

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The day after

First published April 15, 2010 They were, that Thursday night, a bunch of good friends at a quiet party with their mentor. The best kind of evening. The kind of night that you are sure will never end. On those nights, you can accomplish anything. On those nights, you can change the world. Until the […]

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The morning after

(First published May 24, 2011) You make a new commitment. You watch a friend die. You finally decide. You screw up. You get the award. You finish the book. You make the call. You answer the call. You finish. You start. You can’t figure it out. You didn’t get to sleep. You won. You lost. […]

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anything but vague.

First published May 21, 2010 Religion is often abstract. There is a vagueness to describing the spiritual. There is an empirical fuzziness to matters of faith. For the man, born blind, healed by Jesus, there was no vagueness. He was sure. He wasn’t sure how it had happened, or who exactly Jesus was. He couldn’t […]

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Little pieces of love.

First published May 5, 2010 We want to do huge magnificent works of passionate loving action. We want to have a significant impact. We want to do something massive that will transform the world. We want to focus all of our energy into something amazing. That’s what we want to do. Instead, we decide that […]

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