49

For my 49th birthday I will… Celebrate the One who gave me breath. Eat poorly, like I have for the previous 48 years. Go to work at a job that doesn’t feel like work or a job. Hug my family. Dream of what might be, could be, hopefully will be. Live fully present in...

Donuts and Lent

I love donuts. I mean, dang, I love donuts. I am Gollum, and that ring of sugared splendor is My Precious. This morning before church I reached my hand into a box of donuts. I pulled one out and tore it in half, telling myself that I wouldn’t eat a whole...

I Noticed She Leaned Forward

Each time I sat down with her, I noticed she leaned forward. No, it was not a symptom of back problems. She leaned forward in a way that her physical posture spoke a language of care and personal interest. Leaning forward is a hallmark of great listeners. It is...

Weep for Your City

I hear rain tumbling through gutters. I see rain bombing the street, streaks illuminated in headlights of passing cars. Drops ricochet off the pavement to form a clear, watery crown in midair before falling again to join other drops rushing towards the storm drain....