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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A prayer for persistence on Monday

God, it’s Monday. You knew that. You know that lots of my friends are asking you for lots of things right now. For peace while waiting to find out about cancer. For patience while waiting to find out about a daughter. For endurance while preparing for a quest. And we keep wondering about the answers, […]

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How can I start praying again?

Dear Jon: Something just hit me and I hope I don’t get struck down for saying this: I used to pray, something I used to do quietly on my own since I was a kid. But a year ago or so, I began questioning the purpose: If God has a plan for me and knows […]

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