Reflections

I’m going to tell you something: When I sometimes look in a mirror, I don’t see the person that others see me to be. I often see all of my flaws, my failures, the names I was called when I was younger. I hear the voices in my head that I try often to be […]

The Casserole

Recently, I heard a sentiment that made me pause and reflect: The holidays are a casserole dish of emotion. At this time of year, no truer words could be spoken. During these shorter days, we deal with many different emotions, often coming in waves upon waves, triggered by something said or done. And in these […]

Grace enough

Every time I make a mistake or don’t think fast enough on my feet or do anything that I perceive may be a slight to someone else, I hear it in my head. That negative voice. The one only I can hear, that rears its ugly head any time I do something imperfectly. “Why didn’t […]

Faith Like a Child

Light-up shoes flashed as he ran, unabated by the atmosphere of the adults taking part in the discussion around him. He giggled as he played with a ball he had found, the wings of the bumblebee costume he insisted on wearing flapping with each step he took. Both the shoes and the wings garnered some […]

Stand Firm

There is an old African-American spiritual, “I Shall Not Be Moved,” which is also known as “We Shall Not Be Moved.” It was one of the songs made popular by the Civil Rights Movement, but was also used by labor unions fighting for workers’ rights and is used as a resistance song all over the […]

Agree to Disagree

Like everyone probably has, I lost a friend who didn’t agree with something I posted on social media. He took offense to some silly thing I had shared and didn’t appreciate my explanation as to why I did it. He countered with an argument that because I didn’t agree with him, I was no longer […]

The Path

I recently have realized that, while I am fairly active thanks to the full time job and such, I have not been as active as I could be and have taken to brisk walking the paths and pavements of my little swath of the Midwest for some added exercise and a chance to get my […]

I’ve Got the Power

I tend to hyper-fixate on certain subjects and certain words from time to time. There was the time I learned all I could about the American Civil War (which still fascinates me to this day). There was the time I researched the Greek word λόγος (or logos) just because it was interesting. Get me talking […]

You’ve Got This

Often, when someone is doubting their abilities to do something, usually out of the ordinary, someone inevitably tells them; “Don’t worry, you’ve got this!” But what is the “this” that one’s got? Often, the “this” is a task or challenge that might seem difficult. It’s an obstacle in the way, or a mentality one cannot […]

Gratitude

Yesterday, I attended the evening portion of my church’s camp retreat at our denomination’s campground out in the country in our little swath of the Midwest. I had a chance to be out in nature, where my cell phone had no reception and I was able to just recharge my soul in the company of […]