Random Meaning

Creation / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

Fearing randomness meaningfully This past weekend I did nothing and it was profoundly productive. We spent the weekend away from Toad Hall, away from…

Who Brings Home the Bacon?

Community / Faith / Family / Work and Rest

In the current tug-o-war about gender responsibilities in Christian marriages, many couples have the challenge of deciding who “brings home the bacon.” The tension…

Fleeting

Family / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

On a morning late in April I woke and couldn’t remember where I was. There had been too many beds that month. When I…

Summer Shorts

Family / Hospitality / Ordinary Life / Spirituality / Work and Rest

In a moment of general regret my husband said: “I’m sorry.” He was looking at me with tears in his eyes. I thought he…

Being Serious About Playing

Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

I taught a course last semester called Vocational Orientation—a course designed to help students uncover their divinely appointed callings in life. I began with…

Psalms in the Dark

Family / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

I’ve always thought of myself as intuitive because that is how I score on all personality tests. It is supposed to bless me with…

Offhanded Joy

Community / Faith / Hospitality / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Safe Place / Work and Rest

Dedicated: To my friends who helped the homeless of Louisiana. To those whose ate mangoes on a beach in Hawaii while their water pipes…

Over the Rainbow

Community / Creation / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

Over The Rainbow Something died in the guts of our house. As it ripened and decayed, Denis searched for it in among the cobwebs…

Moments of Perfection…Almost

Community / Ordinary Life / Work and Rest

Have you ever experienced this? Occasionally something occurs which seems to carry not a single flaw. Amidst all the brokenness of life an oasis…