blessings for healing: mercy

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-USW3-015397-D

Dave thought the camellia was the bush I was referring to when I said, “That bush is ugly, and now I can see it through the bedroom window.”

Unfortunately, we have three bedroom windows . . .

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the truth heals, part two

The blog post today is written by Dave. In the previous post, I wrote about letting go of Dave’s recovery. My prayer in the last few years of his addiction finally became a simple, “If he’s lying, please don’t let him get away with it.” I still pray that prayer — for Dave and even for my […]

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Redemption is real

“His life is a testament to how redemption, so often debased and abused in a 24/7 news cycle obsessed with celebrity and scandal, can be astonishingly powerful and real.” — Rich Lowry on Charles W. Colson I was writing an article recently for work and had to read some sections of Chuck Colson’s book, “Born […]

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But for the grace of God

The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success. Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in […]

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twenty years and counting

There’s a little romance in playing pioneer. Like Ma and Pa Ingalls, leaving their family in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and travelling west to settle on the prairies of Minnesota. Pa chops down trees, hauls and hews logs, hoists them (with a little help from Ma), building a house for his family in the […]

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The hopelessness of darkness

I am awake at a ridiculously early hour this morning. There’s a windstorm pummeling our house that sits on a bluff above the Hood Canal, and I can’t sleep. It’s not the noise — though at points it does sound like a freight train is barreling down the ravine just across our driveway. It’s the […]

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Learning to hide

It’s been a long time since my last post. Sometimes, I struggle with a post for a few days and when it’s done it’s like I’ve knocked down another wall. And I need to let the dust settle before I work on the next. This particular wall is tough. It has taken years to understand […]

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Secrets

It’s so strange. How we keep secrets. And so human. It comes so naturally to us, that we are often uncomfortable around people who are open and honest about themselves. We’ve had some interesting responses — Dave and I — to his candid sharing and to this blog. But there is a place where we […]

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