Creativity and the Work of Waiting

Creativity and the Work of Waiting

“Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot.”  -Dietrich Bonhoeffer   For the one who creates, waiting may be the hardest space to occupy during the creative...
Advent’s Slow Invitation

Advent’s Slow Invitation

When I was a child, airport trips to pick up incoming family members accentuated the wonder of the holidays. We walked from the wood-paneled station wagon all the way to the airport arrival gate, just off the taxiway. Dressed in our Sunday best, we strolled the...
Interrupted

Interrupted

“The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light…” — Isaiah 9:1 Light interrupts the darkness. Raw places sting. They jab at us in a thousand stabs. Be it physical, emotional, intellectual, relational, or spiritual, when we suffer, the...
Echoing Her “Yes”

Echoing Her “Yes”

I step into scene that Luke 1 paints. The angel Gabriel informs Mary, a young unmarried virgin, that she’ll give birth to a child. A Child who will be great and be called the Son of the Most High. He’ll have an everlasting kingdom. Mary trembles and asks, “How can...
A Week to Get Ready

A Week to Get Ready

Next Sunday is New Year’s, you know.  What? You think that’s not quite true? You think I may have lost a marble or two or flipped the calendar one too many months? For a good portion of my life, I’ve routinely celebrated three New Year’s celebrations:  January 1:...

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