A Christmas Letter – 2014

It’s Christmas again and there are four of us at home again – my parents, my sister, and me. The pattern hasn’t changed in a while. I think the last time I wasn’t home for at least part of Christmas was the year I had to work on Christmas day. But that was no big […]

Things to be Thankful For in 2014

Things to be Thankful For in 2014

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Addicts and Alcoholics

I have my problems just like everyone else, but there are some things I’ve never had to deal with in my life. For instance, I’ve never experienced life as a drug addict or an alcoholic. I’ve never known what it’s like to have cravings for mind-altering chemicals. I’ve never had to go to rehab. That […]

Experiencing Momentum

It should come as no surprise that having a mental illness can isolate you. Maybe you’re depressed for no apparent reason. Maybe you’re manic and no one can keep up with you. Maybe you hear voices that no one else hears. No matter the symptoms, the world is hostile toward you and you’ve learned to […]

Value

In an attempt to find what is good about me, I began telling this story. It’s not completely finished. I could use some feedback. I’m in junior high. I don’t want to be me. I want to be anyone but me. It’s so much easier to pick out my flaws than to find something good […]

Thoughts at a Party

The words are never there. I’m there; at least I think I’m there. I see people’s mouths move in conversation, their words flowing effortlessly. I want to be a part of it; the laughing, the gasping, the thrill, the intrigue. But the words are never there. I stare hopelessly at my fellow human beings. What […]

On Brennan Manning's "A Glimpse of Jesus"

On Brennan Manning’s “A Glimpse of Jesus”

Have you ever found yourself saying or thinking: “I hate myself.” “Why can’t I be more like so-and-so?” “I’m such an idiot!” “I keep making stupid mistakes.” “I can’t do anything right.” “I’m a failure.” “I don’t deserve to exist.” ? I’ve said these things to myself many times before. In fact, it was merely […]

God’s Calling for My Life

Jesus says in the gospel of John (8:32), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” All my adult life I’ve been seeking truth. Sometimes I’ve sought it in order to win a theological argument. Other times I’ve been driven toward the truth by my own spiritual doubts. Yet each time […]

Christian Experience Essay

My story is not smooth and straight but full of sharp, uneven points and rough, dirt-stained surfaces. My story hangs on the hinges of mercy and grace. My story is like a long, ardent race that I had not prepared for so my body has been worn and bears the scars from the injuries I […]

Sometimes

I need to write something, anything. But my thoughts only seem to fall into writing mode sometimes. Sometimes the world around me is flooded with rapturous joy Sometimes my most haunting fears are miles and miles behind me Sometimes a resounding symphony takes hold and captivates me Sometimes I’m paralyzed by the comfort of a […]

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