Thirst and Provision: A Reflection from Psalm 95

In the nineteen sixties and seventies some people with a ton of time on their hands lobbied to have pretty much any book that contained sex, drugs, or rock and roll in any of its various forms stricken from the record of humanity. Their idealogical descendants can currently be found denouncing flamboyant Telly Tubbies, or…

Spring will Surely Come: A Reflection

As I looked out the window yesterday afternoon, the first signs of Spring made themselves known in our garden. The sun drenched the backyard, filling it, for the first time in months, with warmth. Squirrels scurried around on top of the tightrope of the chain-link fence. The very first flowers of the year began to…

Bread, Wine, and Resistance

This past weekend, we entered into an ancient practice of Sabbath. From Friday night to Saturday night, my wife and I simply enjoyed life together. We turned off our computers and cell phones. We read books. We cooked delicious lamb with garlic and onions. We drank wine even though our budget hardly allows for such…

Disarming Despair

Today’s beginning was inauspicious. I like the sound of that sentence. It sounds regal. It sounds poetic. And it kinda does a good job at hiding how the day actually started. And I’m afraid that if you really knew how today started, you may not have confidence enough to finish reading this post. Believe me,…

Shaken to Joy

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. -Psalm 89:1  Overall, I do much more complaining than I do singing of steadfast love. I am so accustomed to common, everyday grace like a roof over my head, a strong, hot…

Seattle and Citizenship. A True Parable.

Seattle can be a rough place to live. A few months ago, I made a decision and I stopped looking at the weather forecasts. Now when the sun comes out, there is much rejoicing. When it rains a gloomy rain, it is just another day. After a while, the feeling of perpetual grayness is something…

Delia on Contentment

For the first three years of her life, she had full reign of everything that was mine- with embarrassingly few exceptions. When I decided that I was going to get a dog, I made my friends promise me that they would not let me become that guy who was always telling stories of his four-legged…