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Recovering from Shame and Blame

Recovering from Shame and Blame

The following is an excerpt from Chapter Three of A Resurrection Shaped Life. The school year had only just ended. Summer stretched out before me for an eternity. At least, that’s how it seemed to my ten-year-old self. I was playing with a couple of kids at the end of...
A Love That Heals

A Love That Heals

As I was passing through the Atlanta airport last week, a married couple wearing matching surgical masks rushed by me to catch the train to another concourse. It seemed unlikely to me that both of them suffered from a compromised immune system. So I began to wonder if...
How to Love Wisely

How to Love Wisely

Joy caught herself nodding off at the wheel. She and Meredith were making the three-and-half-hour drive back home from New Orleans. On the night before, they had taken in a performance of “Rent.” Lack of sleep and the onset of a cold had left Joy feeling wrung out. So...
Claiming Your Freedom

Claiming Your Freedom

The doctors had diagnosed my friend Earl with pancreatic cancer. They gave him just a few months, maybe just a few weeks, to live. So I drove from St. Louis to Alabama to spend some time with him and to say a final goodbye. We sat around talking for most of a day....
A Fitting Name

A Fitting Name

Somewhere along the line my name changed. I dimly recall my elementary school classmates calling me “Jacob.” It’s the name on my birth certificate and on all my official documents. When my mom was pregnant she had put it at the top of her boy-name list after thumbing...