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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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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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Every Thought

“Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Jesus Christ.” This capturing of thoughts is not an aggressive wrangling that tramples over or degrades, as I have so often done, to bring the thought back onto its knees in submission before God. This initial thought must be held close to the heartbeat of God, […]

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The Photos I Take

I forget sometimes that I am in the photos I take. I was at the garden when they handed out snow cones And painted murals on the sidewalk. I was guy who showed eager kids how to use the viewfinder And freeze time with the press of a button. I forget that how and when […]

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Life Becomes the Norm

Who told us that we were naked? Who told us to be afraid? When someone enters a room we hide. The virus that has taken over is not Covid-19, but the devaluing and mistrust that fear has been growing inside our hearts toward one another. Words are being covered up—the vulnerable, the raw, the truth. […]

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Prophets

Made with scraps of molding used for picture frames Why should the pieces of me that I sacrifice collect with wood dust in a cardboard box until they gets tossed in the dumpster? The parts of me that say, “I’ll die, so you can live.” So I can really live. The way God designed me […]