my soul wanted you: choosing desire over deprivation this Lent

During the next forty days, may we create the stillness and the silence to hear the Voice that whispers to us, "I created you, my precious child, because my soul wanted you."  And may we say, over and over again for the 40 days (and the lifetime) it takes us to reach the Resurrection, "My soul wants You, too."

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being a single saint on Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday

On Valentine's Day three years ago, I told a saintly, septuagenarian nun, "My life is harder than yours." She raised her eyebrows.  "I mean, it's harder for me to be single than it is for you," I explained. 

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(half) the sky is falling: why John Piper's words should grieve men, too.

It's not that we need to unseat the already-seated orchestra. It's just that the orchestra we have is incomplete. There are notes missing that we don't even know are missing because we haven't ever heard them. 

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just one more time

It's right here, right in this moment, that we have an incredibly important choice to make.  This choice is going to define how we feel New Years Eve 2018, looking back at how we spent the 365 days of possibilities that we were gifted this year.  We can either choose to give up, or refuse to give up.

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how to make our wounded world well

In upstate New York today, there's a 13-year-old black, Muslim, refugee girl walking around with a broken heart who needs a kind smile, a gentle hug, a generous gesture. There are people like that in my neighborhood in San Francisco -- and your neighborhood, too.  

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what's the best step you can take today? (hint: it's probably very, very small)

Taking the smallest step you can think of might sound insignificant, maybe even silly. But this is how change happens. It happens with small, incremental, nearly-imperceptible steps.  But the important thing is -- it happens.

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walking toward WELL: temporary change is not transformative

Temporary change is interesting, but it's not transformative. We need to take consistent, constructive steps every day in order to experience true change. This month, I'm going to be exploring how to take meaningful, sustainable steps toward transformation.           Want to join me?  

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curse the darkness or become the light

As followers of Jesus, we aren't called to sit fuming, name-calling, blame assigning, in our pews, waiting for other people to take responsibility for the problems we see.  We aren't called the curse the darkness. We're called to become the light.

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