The Odds That You Exist

The Odds That You Exist

(5 min read) What do sea turtles, habitable planets, and you have in common? The chances that any exist at all are very small. Last summer, my family sat with awe as we watched baby turtles hatch and climb into the sea. Almost every year, my family rents a beach house...
Joy Sometimes Hurts Like Birth

Joy Sometimes Hurts Like Birth

We hear a lot of about joy around the Christmas season, but are we buying a cheap version of it? It is hard to miss the word “joy” this time of year. Joy shows up in songs on the radio, on yard decorations and wrapping paper galore. It’s in Hallmark made-for-TV movies...
Jesus and Christmas Explained (In One Paragraph)

Jesus and Christmas Explained (In One Paragraph)

When people talk about “keeping Christ in Christmas,” which Christ are they taking about? Here’s a one-paragraph summary of the way the Bible tells the story of Christmas and the life of Jesus:: Jesus is born to an unwed, teenage woman of color. She, the child, and...
Thanking the Challenging Parts of You (5 min read)

Thanking the Challenging Parts of You (5 min read)

Does it ever feel like there is a fight happening inside your head? The sitcom version of the family debates and conversations over a Thanksgiving meal often have nothing on the real-life inner conflict and dialogue happening inside our minds. For me, there is a...
You Great Unfinished Symphony (13 min read)

You Great Unfinished Symphony (13 min read)

When you were a kid, did you know exactly what you wanted to be when you grew up? Firefighter, doctor, lawyer, zookeeper? I knew exactly what I wanted to be from the time I was six or seven. I wanted to be a grown-up, as clear as that. I didn’t really care what...