welcome to my world of words.

Writing can be noisy business, and I can regret adding to the clamor. Nevertheless, I hope to write as one who listens.

"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow. We should die of the roar that lies on the other side of the silence."
- George Eliot, Middlemarch.

Found Wanting: Alisa Luciano, “I wanted to believe God was a good Father.”

This is the last in a series of guests posts for a blog project I’ve called, “Found Wanting.” If you’ve only just arrived, I hope you’ll catch up on the stories below.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, it was not uncommon for him to approach the sick and sin-sick with this question: “What do you want?” In John 5, he speaks with a man lying next to the healing waters of Bethesda, a man who has been an invalid for 38 years.

“When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’”

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Breaking the Bread of Belief: Laughter

(Today’s post is the ninth in a series entitled, “Breaking the Bread of Belief.” Read about beginning, dust, home, feast, naked, death, altar and stars.)

All images courtesy of Joetography.

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Laughter

A friend recently emailed to ask if I’d read Lila, Marilynne Robinson’s recently-released novel.

“No,” I wrote. “Stupidly, I’ve decided to reread all of Robinson’s novels before starting Lila.”

A month into this endeavor, and I’ve finished Housekeeping and have arrived halfway through Gilead, the long letter John Ames, a man well into his seventies (and terminally ill), is writing to his seven-year-old son. He pens the letter in the hopes that his son will read it many years after his death, when he’s an adult—as a way to know his father.

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Found Wanting: Kris Camealy, “I’ve wanted to be known.”

I have been curating stories for a blog project called, “Found Wanting.” This series will end in several weeks, and I am thankful for each person who has submitted a guest post. If you’ve only just arrived, I hope you’ll catch up on the stories below.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, it was not uncommon for him to approach the sick and sin-sick with this question: “What do you want?” In John 5, he speaks with a man lying next to the healing waters of Bethesda, a man who has been an invalid for 38 years.

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Breaking the Bread of Belief: Stars

(Today’s post is the eighth in a series entitled, “Breaking the Bread of Belief.” Read about beginning, dust, home, feast, naked, death, and altar).

All images courtesy of Joetography.

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Stars

Ryan and I are reading The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller with an engaged couple from our church. This quote, from Hannah Arendt, in chapter 3 was striking to me: “Without being bound to the fulfillment of our promises, we would never be able to keep our identities; we would be condemned to wander helplessly and without direction in the darkness of each person’s lonely heart, caught in its contradictions and equivocalities.”

After eighteen years of marriage, I am realizing the power of a marriage promise. Yes, the promise binds me to Ryan, and I pray to be faithful to this good man. But in some fundamental way, as Arendt describes, our marriage promise also binds me to me: to the most loving, holy, reliable version of me I hope to one day become.

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