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Called to Fall

March 12, 2013


Half a year and most of a lifetime ago our world turned inside-out. With the passing of months, the thought of it still awakens a creeping paralysis in my gut, a dark void that yawns threateningly after us. I have to take hold of myself and shake myself free every time. Mike is gone. We failed. Last Fall, a […]

You Can’t Fix This

August 26, 2012


When I’m upset I clean. There is something calming about putting order to whatever chaos surrounds you to order your mind and heart. I’ve learned not to talk then, not just because I’m a whirling dervish, but because my evaluations are ill-formed, often baseless, and imprecise. While when rational I usually learn what I believe […]

The Parable of the Piano Lesson

August 6, 2012


I’m not creating new epiphanies today, but merely sharing someone else’s. In this case, the eloquent one is Brad Wilcox, who is speaking at a BYU Devotional. He tackles the much-misunderstood topic of grace. You’ll probably enjoy listening to him, because he is more eloquent than I, so I’ve embedded the video below, but I’ll […]

I Wasn’t There for the Weeds

June 29, 2012


It’s been a discouraging week. They aren’t always, in fact seldom are no matter what happens, but this one was. Today as I worked in the ash-filled air, heavy with a melancholy and a mourning that has left me thinking about all that is lost when the land burns, I thought about weeding onions. The […]

Grasping for Grace – Sacred Sunday

June 24, 2012


“Surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful.” One of the most powerful talks this past General Conference was, for me, Elder Holland’s talk on the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. How simply he unwound the seeming unfairness of the Lord’s treatment of the workers at […]

I Hope You Know

June 9, 2012


I talked to three people yesterday who are having heart-rending, soul-grinding experiences. As I hung up the phone after one of those conversations, I wondered at how common this is. I gave myself a minute to name all the people I know whose lives are being wrung out by “the tether and pang of the […]