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The Prayer of the Overwhelmed

The Prayer of the Overwhelmed

“Would it kill you to give us a break here?” That’s what a prayer for help can sound like when we’re raw with fatigue. It’s a little edgy. Maybe not so pious-sounding. But there’s an honesty and sincerity about it. It’s the earnest prayer of the overwhelmed. It’s...
God Here and Now

God Here and Now

“I don’t experience God at all.” A church-going friend shared this with me recently. Life has been tossing her more than her fair share of struggles and disappointments. She talked to me about her tenuous health, her dwindling finances, her crumbling career, and her...
Finding Hope

Finding Hope

This is an excerpt from my new book Looking for God in Messy Places: A Book about Hope. Joy and I had been stunned to learn that our daughter, Meredith, had a hole in her heart. She was an energetic, happy baby. During a routine healthy-baby visit, our pediatrician...
Justice is Love in Public

Justice is Love in Public

Our daughter Meredith was seven years old when a psychologist told us that she is autistic. Assuming that Meredith might have some garden-variety learning challenge, my wife Joy and I had sought testing for her. The word “autism” fell on us like a hammer blow. Knowing...
The Power of Love

The Power of Love

My maternal grandmother wore her white hair long, pulled back from her face, and falling straight down her back. She spoke broken English with a heavy German accent. Her name was Marie. And she loved me. My mother and I lived with her and my grandfather Josef off and...