The Father’s Thoughts

"It is an item of faith that we are children of God; there is plenty of evidence in us against it. The faith that surmounts this evidence and that is able to warm itself at the fire of God's love, instead of having to steal love and self-acceptance from other sources, is actually the root... Continue Reading →

Divine Reminders

My mom used to hide notes in my lunchpail: funny ones, sweet ones, silly ones—little slips of paper inked with kindness to interrupt the hurried rhythm of my day and bring a smile to my face. Isn't it sad how we grow out of remembering true things within minutes? Our hearts need constant reminders that... Continue Reading →

Taking Silly Seriously

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England's blog on April 5, 2019. You can find it here.) There are many qualities about God's character I find deeply comforting: His omni-ness (omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent), His justice, His mercy, His wisdom, His patience, His faithfulness. On and on it goes. These attributes... Continue Reading →

The Glory of Coming Undone

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England's blog on January 28, 2019. You can find it here.) Go-getter. Independent. Fearless. Capable. In the American economy, these are titles worth striving for, and strive we do. We strive until our peace is shot-through with bullet holes, our families have learned to... Continue Reading →

The Father Heart of Christmas

Buddy the elf embarked on an adventure because he wanted a relationship with his dad. Rudolph longed for the approval of his papa. Ralphie was terrified of his dad's temper. Clark gave his family a man who daydreamed about abandoning them for an underwear model. Howard spent the entirety of his movie trying to make... Continue Reading →

Daddy Issues

In a time and place where people are divided by a million things—Democrat or Republican, black or white, fries or tots—it's good to remember what we share in common. As humans, we cherish secret hopes. We revolve around a unique set of values. We long deeply for love. And most of us have daddy issues.... Continue Reading →

Orphans No More

Some of my favorite people are orphans. And of course they're fictional characters. Anne Shirley, Harry Potter, Amy Pond, Frodo Baggins, Christine Daae, Dorothy Gale, Quasimodo, Lilo... throw in the functional orphans (hello, Eliza, Pippi, and Huck!), and you've got quite the crew ready to take on the world. When I was little, the four... Continue Reading →

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