A rock and a hard place

Eddie worked at a hospital. He was a chaplain. He could have worked anywhere, he could have done anything, he could have been anyone that spends working hours caring for the hearts of others, walking with the burdens of others. Pastors, counselors, teachers, bus drivers. The parents who are up in the middle of the […]

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learning while saying a little prayer.

“As a pastor I was charged with, among other things, teaching people to pray, helping them to give voice to the entire experience of being human, and to do it both honestly and thoroughly.” That’s what Eugene Peterson wrote. Give people a sense of what is possible and acceptable and available. Give them a sense […]

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On laughing and praying.

I was praying with a friend for that friend. I was, as I often do, just talking, asking God for what seemed to be a response to the concern on my friend’s heart. And then, as I sometimes do, I just started laughing. People who know me know that this is one of my odd […]

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Prayer warrior

She lived by prayer. Every surface of her apartment walls was covered with photos of people that she prayed for. Including me. My mom was a very faithful pray-er. She kept written journals to see how God answered prayer. After she died, I talked with her pastor, and he jokingly said, “There has been an […]

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