Word Pictures

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Bless This Food

  We thank thee for this food, dear Lord. Bless it to thy glory and our good for Jesus’ sake. Amen.   Growing up, my family would gather in a circle and say that prayer aloud before eating. My mom tells me it was written by my Great-Great-Great-Uncle Charlie some time after emigrating from […]

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Silence Me

His questions drip out. One. After. The. Next. Rolling along. Rippling together into a run-on inquiry. Void of breaks, breaths, and gaps for answers. He’s a three-year-old boy. — I am a 41-year-old man. But. I’m. No. Different. Mind churning. Chattering to the other voices inside my head. Without any space to hear […]

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Empathy

Why do you run from me? Why do I hide from you? Why do we hardly know each other? My reservoir for you must be so small…or the exit point so tight. Why must I work so hard to muster you up? Why aren’t you smothered all over the memory of my mental muscles? […]

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Look Up…Look Out | Thanksgiving 2016

Today, may I look up to look out. Beyond the corners of my table to the corners of my world. Away from the self-reflection always peering back at my from my palm. Toward the friends, family, and strangers that surround me. May I open my eyes to peer deeper into theirs. Welcoming them as they […]

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A Pinhole of Light

If you know me, you know I’m a bit of a podcast junkie. All Songs Considered. This American Life. Serial. Car Talk. Song Exploder. They get me every time. And a few months ago, I stumbled on one called The Moth—a captivating collection of true stories told to a live audience. […]

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The Healing Day

I still remember the sun that filled our hospital room that day. It was brighter—maybe brighter than it had ever been, but certainly brighter than it had been lately. It was October 11, 2013. The sun rose quickly that day, but it had taken half a decade for it to […]

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