Choosing Our Lives Means Having This One

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"There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one." ~Kazuo Ishiguro I rummaged through four plastic bins in the basement before I found them. The three photo albums and four school yearbooks sat tucked into an assortment of hand-stitched pillows, a sombrero, a dirt-smudged … [continue]

Better Together: On Self-Reliance and Asking for Help

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"When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset." Exodus 17:12 I'm a sucker for online personality quizzes. I took one recently with less than … [continue]

Reclaiming Our Place

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A small creek ran through our neighborhood of manicured lawns and look-alike condominiums. Thick walls of gray rock under wire-mesh netting sat on either side of the water’s edge, containing it, keeping all things wet and wild within its borders. When I was a child, I loved to explore there. I loved … [continue]

When You Want To See Results For Your Labor

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For the first twenty-one years of my life, I listened to my dad preach to a small crowd of believers gathered in stackable metal chairs in a store-front basement every Sunday. He's a natural, born to teach the gospel from a pulpit or a street corner or sitting at the head of the dining room table. … [continue]

How to Gather a Life

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The week we moved into our new, sparsely-furnished rental house in London, I realized I needed something of my own to make the place feel like we lived there. Without something of us, it looked as if we’d embarked on Rent-a-Life rather than rent a home. Our dishes, clothes, and a few poorly chosen … [continue]