tomorrow is the day before vacation.  it’s a day of errands and to do lists.  i want to enjoy it.  i want to enjoy most everyday, but i’m having a time of it as of late.  discontentment.  if you google it, you find many sites that talk about how and why and what to do,

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morning devotionals

eleanor has become obsessed with a pair of shoes. in her mind, they fit. i’ve been helping her in and out of these, feeling like i could take on something larger than myself. i can still make believe my way into reality, right? the determination involved in doing what we haven’t yet achieved is tiresome. 

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just enough for the city

there it is. this is my fear on the table like a toxic spill. we’re at a restaurant, husband and wife, and i’m listing all the reasons why we should not move to detroit. i’m making the case for a peaceful suburban life. further out. more land. less people. more trees. better schools. stores close

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too much jesus

I’m waiting to read words that Jesus said that seem reasonable, that seem doable. I have yet to find them. He asks too much every time — his example unattainable every time. What has Jesus asked that seems beyond me? Every single thing. I flounder along behind him. Maybe the apostles weren’t such a bumbling

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christ the lord

yesterday i said that it really is just and only jesus underneath all this snow of christmas. jesus, the humble one, born in a stable.  every point of his birth arranged so that no human being could take an ounce of credit, save mary, an unwed, unmarried teenager.  the pregnancy, the birth, the star and

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this end up

it is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. — ecc. 7:2 there is a logic that doesn’t make sense.  it’s the sacrifice and the embracing of the end of our

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unexpected

easter is sixteen days away. easter gets the short end of the holiday stick in my life.  or at least, it has. christmas and easter were jesus-less for me growing up.  christmas has each year steady become full.  there is something in the early, dark that shuts the cold out and the heat and the

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