Essential work.

3.26.20 Dear dad, There are a lot of things to think about in quarantine. I honestly don’t know how extroverts handle it. I am sure the challenge for them is its own beast. I cannot speak to their frustration, but for my fellow introverts, the abyss is our own minds. We edge ever so closely... Continue Reading →

9.17.19_SfCs: Secret Life

In the movie, Secret Life of Bees, Lily shoots her mom accidentally when she is a child. Her mom was leaving Lily’s dad, T-Ray, and coming back to get Lily. T-Ray was angry, and as Lily tries to hand her mom the gun, she shoots her. Lily is left with a wound of feeling unlovable,... Continue Reading →

Social distancing.

3.21.20 Dear dad, So much has happened in so little time. We are all adjusting to a new reality of quarantines, stay-at-home challenges, and social distancing. Kids are not in school, public places are empty, and some businesses face at least short-term closure. I have run into more people on the trail than usual. It... Continue Reading →

Screwtape and me.

3.17.20 My Merciful Father, This just intercepted from the other side. It is no surprise the Fallen One is taking full advantage of the current state of arousal in our beloved people. Like all else, he is using the disease to distract them and incite fear. He is herding our people to their stores to... Continue Reading →

O clement, COVID-19.

3.14.20 Dear dad, There are so many voices to be heard right now. Right now, and always really. One that speaks particularly loudly, though, is uncertainty. Whether you call it fear of the unknown or lack of control, we, as humans, can be plagued, paralyzed and poisoned by it. I would say good stewardship requires... Continue Reading →

Define good.

3.5.20 Dear dad, Sometimes I cannot bear to reconcile my longing to be off the grid with the love I have come to know through people. Sometimes I am filled with dread walking away from the woods, stepping into the world of men, knowing all the weight we carry individually and collectively. The way I... Continue Reading →

Lady Hormones and Sir Judges.

2.29.20 Dear dad, We pray best when we are fallen on our faces in painful helplessness. [Charles Spurgeon] This is where I’m at, dad. Can I just witness to the wonders worked by hormones and the hard-headedness and hard-heartedness of humans. What the hell, for real. I say wonder because it is a wonder to... Continue Reading →

Men like trees.

3.1.20 Dear dad, I believe, Lord, help my unbelief. [Mark 9:24] But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. [Mt. 13:16] I see, Lord, help my blindness. I hear, Lord, help my deafness.   Every time I think I see, I am reminded I see little. Every time I... Continue Reading →

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