a harvest of gratitude

. . . I don't mean just the big THANKS. I mean the little thanks -- for everyday things. The things that we have to dig into to find a reason for being grateful. It's a whole lot harder than it appears.

all I ever have to be

I really am deeply grateful for my life. But there are moments, seasons when discouragement gets the upper hand. Frankly, I'm amazed at how quickly and easily I am discouraged. I'm more fragile than I would like to think. I started out the morning feeling sorry for myself. Sorry about myself. A look in the …

there is beauty in detail

Jane and I walk the road that leaves our little town and wanders along the shore. Snow-capped mountains to the west shine in the morning sunlight. Sailboats sleep on the glassy bay. We spot a heron, three seals and two coyotes on our walk. We are blessed to live in this place. I stand in …

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 …

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 …

Pain hurts

March 28 Whenever I get discouraged I look at real estate on the internet. Sometimes, it perks me up to dream. I’ve been doing this since 2001 when we began planning our move from Southern California to Tacoma, Washington. But it quickly became an escape. A few minutes of dreaming that easily turns into hours. …

The gift of gratitude

I know Thanksgiving is supposed to be our holiday of gratitude. But for me, Christmas is much more so. I think perhaps it's because I don't struggle to farm and harvest the food for the feast like our ancestors did. The Thanksgiving meal is just a family get together these days. The celebration of gratitude …