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Blessed One

Every now and then, I will find a photo I have taken and let it speak to me. I will have a conversation with it, and then as a way to reflect and exercise my writing, I will write what the photo tells me. If you are looking for a way to find God in […]

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His Voice Is Fullness, Out with the Noise!

I have come to realize that I’ve been addicted to noise. Every morning when I walk through those big sliding doors at Lowe’s, I’m greeted by the playlist I hear every day. Insanity on a loop. While my co-workers and I complain about the song selection, I still catch my whistling to certain tunes; except […]

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Garden: The Protected Place

Gardening was the first occupation historically found in the Bible. Civilizations like the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Romans transformed the idea of monoculture farming into beautifully ornate gardens. In today’s western culture, gardening can be overlooked as a hobby of growing backyard vegetables or landscaping our yards with flowers. In Genesis 1 and 2, however, God […]

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Take Care of the Present

My finger furrows rows in the soil for kale, spinach, and lettuce seeds. The grass is high and needs to be cut, but only a couple more times because the weather is getting cooler. It is my favorite feeling when the temperature begins to change from hot to cold, a migration that we feel every […]

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The Lamb of Fire

“And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the book and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able… ‘Behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as […]

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Wonderland

If you want to dream something new, something other than your usual, labored, emotional night-processing, wake before dawn, grab a bucket to sit on, and take a few wrong turns as you drive away from neighborhoods and traffic lights, until you’re pleasantly surprised by the overgrown hills the road has brought you. Return to these […]

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To Fall in Step

You take my pace beside me in southside neighborhood streets—cottages wrapped in vines and slow, summer evenings, dogs laying in dirt, and doors creaking with torn up screens, and it’s as if I’ve traveled back in time with you to when I walked for years, alone in the quiet, just me and the wind, asking […]

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For the One I Love

Some days, with glazed eyes, you mumble curses at the statues because they don’t offer shelter or even “goodnight” before you sleep. Some days, with dancing feet, you whistle to the nesting wrens, as the mama feeds her young, an image of your Father. You help me see beyond what is to all that could […]

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The Gates Will Never Close

“The gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Who am I? I am a […]

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What All Flesh Was Dying to Know

The rivers retracted and showed their bones, everything fleeing at the screaming tsunami called death—desolation crashing toward one man, swallowing every height and depth, the legions of Neptune’s fury breaking heaven’s promise of protection. He wailed to the sky, trapped in a corner, the terror of knowing his heart would soon stop pumping the blood […]