Rethinking Ordinary

  Monotony has become a fixture around here. I had been told to be on alert for it, but it seems like I’ve got to learn for myself. With any chronic illness there can be something tedious and routine about life. To have a physical or mental illness can be acutely painful. But interspersed between […]

Frederick, [Handling Giftedness]

I have always loved to read. I was given books by my mother, and these books were like gold. I had been a avid patron of the library, but terrible at returning books. I had pretty much been branded as “persona non grata” by the librarians of my hometown library at the ripe old age of 12. I […]

The Mangled Earrings of Joni Eareckson Tada

I once admired the earrings my friend, Ann, was wearing – they were square, smooth, flat, and made of gold. When I remarked how beautiful they were, she replied, “They’re yours!” Ann then proceeded to take them off and put them on my ears! Humbled by her gift, the earrings became a treasure. Once while […]

Barrels of Monkeys

“My problems go from bad to worse.     Oh, save me from them all!” Psalm 25:17 If you are over 40 or so, you would’ve known about this simple toy. Today, a little girl came up to me to show me her singular monkey. She insisted its origins were from the animated movie “Toy Story.” I told […]

His “Irresponsible” Love

“Nothing in the church makes people in the church more angry than grace. It’s ironic: we stumble into a party we weren’t invited to and find the uninvited standing at the door making sure no other uninviteds get in. Then a strange phenomenon occurs: as soon as we are included in the party because of Jesus’ irresponsible love, […]