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We Could Use Some Hope

We Could Use Some Hope

Lots of us are feeling a little shaky these days. Overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious, disoriented. Well no wonder. Just take a look around: There are shootings at elementary schools and at church potlucks. You can’t find baby formula, and you can hardly afford to fill...
Love’s Hard Work

Love’s Hard Work

Nobody said that love is safe or easy. Love, genuine love, is risky and sometimes painful. Honestly, it’s hard work.  We were born to love. God made us that way. Love, you see, is how we connect with God and how we become our true selves. In a way, that boils...
What True Courage Looks Like

What True Courage Looks Like

To speak normally—to make intelligible sounds that other people could understand—I had to undergo two lengthy surgeries. The first happened when I was just a toddler. There’s not much I can tell you about that one. I have no memory of it at all. The second time around...
Why We’re Here

Why We’re Here

Nobody told me—or maybe I failed to hear—that one of the hardest things about being a parent would be watching my children suffer. Their scrapes and bruises—both physical and emotional—break my heart. They always will. But thankfully my children’s injuries and...
Transforming Our Pain

Transforming Our Pain

A local news outlet reported that Alexandria—where my wife Joy and I reside—is the second most dangerous place to live in Louisiana. Shootings have been making headlines pretty often lately. So our violent crime ranking did not come as much of a surprise. Besides,...