The word “advent” means coming or arrival. From the Latin adventus, this wintry season, celebrated for the four weeks preceding Christmas since the 10th century (so we’ve only been doing this for a millennium!) recalls both the ancient longing for the Messiah and looks forward to his promise to come again. As the beginning […]CONTINUE READING →
“It’s up to me to figure out whether or not I want to choose to obey – to follow, to walk, to trust. And while I’m just beginning to recognize the breadth and steadfastness of this aspect of God in my life, I’m finding some exhilarating freedom in this opportunity to choose obedience.”CONTINUE READING →
“I lasted about 45 seconds in my rebellious walk away before I felt like I was being ripped in two. Jesus is woven into the fibers of my being….at my core I knew that no matter how many four letter words I threw out, the Lord was not going anywhere.”CONTINUE READING →
“It seemed like a great pursuit, but deep down I still doubted that knowing God would help me to know my true self. They seemed like two different journeys. God is God. And I’m just Will. Pursuing a knowledge of God, it seemed, would only help me understand what I’m not.”CONTINUE READING →
“These are old practices, old habits, and they ask things of me that most modern practices miss. They ask old things of me. Things like silence and listening and my full presence…”CONTINUE READING →
“There is no limit to the distractions that can fill our days, which fill our weeks, which become our years and our lives. At a funeral yesterday, strolling through the cemetery, I questioned my priorities…”CONTINUE READING →
“On Memorial Day, I am thankful that the soldier is called to do more than fight…I do not know that we will see the end of a need for our Army in this world, but I hope that in their lives each soldier will get to put down his or her rifle on their terms and take up one of the many instruments of mercy that God has for us…”CONTINUE READING →
“The one thing I think we all long for, grad students or not, is community. We long for a place where we are known, where we are loved, and where we can simply be. We long to fit and we long to be noticed and we long to be loved. We long for life as our sweet Lord intended…”CONTINUE READING →
“The things that are worth doing, the things that have real significance, are rarely easy, convenient or cheap. If it requires faith, sacrifice, risk, and some amount of painful selflessness, then it’s probably a step toward Jesus and the Kingdom he’s building…”CONTINUE READING →
“I wonder if these hands and these feet have much to offer.
I’m caught up in the everydayness of life
but You see beyond my limited vantage point.
You dream for me when I am spent.
You see my everydayness as full of the miraculous…”