Broken Vessels

When existence is steady and peaceful, it is much easier to glimpse and appreciate beauty. When life bears down and presses us under its burdens, the suggestiveness of tranquility in the near or distant past pushes through the cracks in our heart like a smoke test. … More Broken Vessels

Good(?) Grief

For some, this holiday season will be the first without their husband, wife, sister, child, grandparent, beloved aunt, fun uncle, sibling-like cousin, life-long friend. The aching void left by death and separation throbs like nothing else during the holidays. I think it is supposed to feel that way. … More Good(?) Grief

The Gospely Goodness of Christmas

Look around you; people everywhere are trying to celebrate. People are going out of their way to be cheerful, as though they can will it into existence. This is why I have such a problem with grumps who think the season begins with Black Friday. Everyday should be Christmas season. I know that may sound a little ridiculous but the spirit of Christmas centers on the gospel. … More The Gospely Goodness of Christmas

Gravity

I was considering the dispositions of people the other day, thinking through the implications of optimism, melancholy, dependence, insecurity, confidence, happiness, and the like, and a question sprung to mind: What does it look like to embrace our dispositions? … More Gravity