sometimes there are no words

Sometimes, there are no words.  I’m reminded of Job in the bible. In chapter 2, he’s in the middle of a total life-collapse. He’s lost everything. And although we often use this story to illustrate what his friends did wrong, I want to highlight...

A Letter I Wrote to Someone Who’s Desperate

Awhile back, someone asked me to reach out to their adult child, who was in dire circumstances. My heartstrings broke because I’ve been a child who’s been there. I wanted to share the letter I sent (changing details to protect identity) because I thought...

Why Bother to Pray?

I’ve heard it said, “Pray is the least you can do.” But I’d say it’s often (if not always) the most we can do. Let’s say there’s a family who has an addict who has stolen, manipulated, scared and hurt the family for years....

Who Should We Be Compassionate To?

Last year I read, “Abba’s Child,” by Brennan Manning. I gotta be honest, the title wasn’t sexy, but it came highly recommended, so I jumped in.  In chapter 4, the author gave up a new term: “indiscriminate compassion.” To explain...
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