Fear II

I haven’t overcome Fear. But I have befriended her. Not right away. Not for a long, long time. First, I tried to hush her Hide her Hustle her out of the room Ignore her Weep over her Pretend she didn’t exist. But then She stayed anyway             Winding her cool fingers through my hair             … More Fear II

Abundance

Today was one of those Sundays where no sermon could fully be formulated until the wee hours of Sunday morning. Then, when it came, I wrote about abundance – the text was about how Jesus came to give life and give it abundantly. I asked the congregation what abundance is to them. After church one … More Abundance

Panic

The panic attacks began one sunny autumn Sunday morning shortly after I arrived at that Colorado church. Nothing unusual was happening – it was a Sunday like every other Sunday. It was during the final morning service when one moment I was reading the text, the next I felt my throat constricting and my breath … More Panic

The Journey

The Journey One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you … More The Journey

Fear

Oh God, I am so deeply scared. That is the sum of it. Fear, Panic, Anxiety, Terror Name it, claim it, and move forward – Finally And now let it be that when the apprehension rises up in me As it will I will see it and know it for what it is – Just fear … More Fear

Burning Bridges

In the late summer of 1996, I was 26 years old and I had packed up my car and headed to Wyoming for an internship at a church there. It was just me and a pile of cassette tapes and a boombox next to me as I drove across the prairie toward my home for … More Burning Bridges

Easter is Coming

“Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, … More Easter is Coming