20 years later

As I watch footage, interviews, and reminisce on 9/11/01, I am struck by the tiny significant moments of sacrifice and kindness. Many, many more would have lost their lives on that day if it were not for those who instinctively fought and reached out a hand. And in the days after, so many gave of…

Shine

I sat in the warmth of a summer eve in my friend’s back yard. Enjoying the moment when the sky turns from shades of soft pinks and blues to dark blues and black, I glimpsed a faint light flickering in the distance. A few seconds later, another buzz of light, brighter and more convincing. I…

To be held

There are moments when life feels so heavy and burdensome, and we realize we’ve been trying to carry everything on our own. We do not often notice life’s weight until it’s too much to bear. Then the question comes, “why have I been trying to carry it?” I had a moment like this last evening….

Reconciliation

So much of this life we live is about reconciliation. To be reconciled to friends, those who have wronged us or we have wronged, and ultimately, to be reconciled to Jesus Christ. On this day, the anniversary of the senseless killing of George Floyd, I meditate on this word. I pray conviction for what I…

Consider // Loved & known

“To be loved but not known is superficial. To be known and not loved is our great fear,but to be known and loved, that transforms you.” // Tim Keller Think about your life right now. As you reread Tim Keller’s quote, where are you in this scenario? Maybe you haven’t thought about your life in…

Love is not

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. To love someone is to accept that person exactly the way he or she is right here and now.” // Mister Rogers

Art of love

“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” // Albert Ellis

To the Point // The debate

Being kind is not trivial. Listening matters. Thinking before you speak is always appropriate. No matter who you are intending to vote for or what topics matter most, we can all agree last night’s presidential debate was awful. I do not know who wins in an all-out chaotic battle of incoherent words, bullying, and throwing…

Must Watch // What if we were real?

If you listen to Christian music or watched American Idol back in the day, you know Mandisa. She is a power house singer, faithful Believer, and a savvy business woman.  She is also single. On her YouTube show “What If We Were Real?”, the recent topic has been about dating and relationships. As a single…

I need you

“I need you.” Have you ever prayed this simple, honest, vulnerable prayer? Just as in your relationships with family and friends, speaking your need out loud can help others know how you are truly doing, know when to reach out, and will break down the wall so many of us construct to maintain independence and…

Connection

“Be invited. Sit together for a meal. Share our hearts and be understood… Do fun things together. Cry together. Hug each other… Be known.”1 We all have yearned for these things, possibly even more keenly during our time of quarantine. Whether we realize it or not, our hearts’ desire is for connection. We may think…

Compassion

“COMPASSION means ‘to suffer with’. Not pity. Not sympathy. Not saving. But co-suffering. It’s a visceral desire to be with each other in the pain and a vital longing for new possibilities together.” // Jay & Katherine Wolf, Hope Heals Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,…