personal, spiritual

In Memoriam: A Reflection on the Life of My Grandma

The reflection I delivered today at my grandmother's memorial service: I have been blessed beyond measure to have Ellen Rust as my grandma. From a very young age, I always knew that Grandma loved me and my family with an unwavering, godly kind of love. She would call me her “little angel” and leave lipstick… Continue reading In Memoriam: A Reflection on the Life of My Grandma

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community, cultural issues, mental health & wellness, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, writing

Carry Each Other

In Anne Marie Miller's book Permission to Speak Freely, Miller describes a meeting with Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the mental health non-profit To Write Love On Her Arms. Over coffee, Tworkowski says something like this: "So there's this song U2 does called 'One,' and there's a line in it that says, 'We get to carry… Continue reading Carry Each Other

mental health & wellness, theological

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

"Burning the Old Year" by Naomi Shihab Nye:Letters swallow themselves in seconds. Notes friends tied to the doorknob, transparent scarlet paper, sizzle like moth wings, marry the air. So much of any year is flammable, lists of vegetables, partial poems. Orange swirling flame of days, so little is a stone. Where there was something and… Continue reading Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?