The deep, sustaining beauty of relationships

“I awoke this morning with a devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. Shall I not call God the Beautiful, who daily showeth himself to me in his gifts? I chide society, I embrace solitude, and yet I am not so ungrateful as not to see the wise, the lovely, and theContinue reading “The deep, sustaining beauty of relationships”

The hard work of love and friendship

“When we see love as the will to nurture one’s own or another’s spiritual growth, revealed through acts of care, respect, knowing, and assuming responsibility, the foundation of all love in our life is the same… Genuine love is the foundation of our engagement with ourselves, with family, with friends, with partners, with everyone weContinue reading “The hard work of love and friendship”

The messy spirituality of Rich Mullins

Rich Mullins was a musical hero to me. I didn’t have the Beatles or Bob Dylan. But in the Christian world and the plastic music of that time, Rich was real to me. In a time and place when you felt like you had to “look good” on the outside, Rich was a mess onContinue reading “The messy spirituality of Rich Mullins”

The unvarnished private thoughts and opinions

“I, like all other human beings, expose to the world only my trimmed and perfumed and carefully barbered public opinions and conceal carefully, cautiously, wisely, my private ones.” — Mark Twain Tough in the age of social media. My opinions aren’t exactly carefully barbered, but they are somewhat cut to look a little neater.