Distracting myself from conversation.

I read. A couple psalms, including 70. I say to myself, “reach over an get your pen and journal.” I also say to myself, “look at the weather app.” And 10 minutes later (okay, 12), I have my journal. (Okay, 15 minutes). Whatever observations I had about Psalm 70, whatever prayer I wanted to write […]

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This is hard. (a new resource)

True confession. I almost didn’t write here about my newest publication project. This Is Hard is a collection of things I say to people in the moments and hours after a loved one dies. They are words that I’ve found sitting in rooms and walking down the hall and looking in the mirror. They are […]

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Reading the news.

Rich Dixon has a confession today. (I understand. js) +++ Confession time: I react too much to exterior stimulus. That’s a fancy way of saying I get really upset about events I can’t control. Those close to me (my wife) would tell you my reactions often spiral into disproportionate levels of negativity and depression in […]

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With what you have.

Yesterday, those of us who use the lectionary for our teaching had four Bible passages. Psalm 23, about the Lord being our shepherd. Part of Acts 4, where Peter starts talking to the religious leaders the morning after telling a man begging in the temple courts that he was healed in the name of Jesus. […]

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A prayer for the fourth Sunday of Easter

God. We are having a hard time. Many of us are condemning ourselves. “I don’t know what to think,” we say. “I can’t figure out who to trust.” Many of us are condemning others. Even each other. “If someone believes that,” we say, “I don’t even know how to talk to them.” Many of us […]

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