Saying “Yes, And” To a Life I Didn’t Expect

In improv comedy, there’s a lovely little principle called “yes, and.” When you’re in the middle of a skit, you never question what your co-actor does. If he says, “I hate this Georgia heat,” you don’t say “Seriously, honey? It’s winter and we’re in Maine.” As an actor, you know that the best way to create anContinue reading “Saying “Yes, And” To a Life I Didn’t Expect”

What If Your Fears Come to Pass?

Hope, what if your deepest fears come to pass? Your deepest fears, the ones that prickle just beneath your skin, the ones that no matter how hard you try to quiet, still pound in time with your heartbeat?  If your fears come to pass, does it mean that your life will turn from one ofContinue reading “What If Your Fears Come to Pass?”

When You’re Struggling to Believe God’s Promises

“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?” Psalm 13:1-2 _______________________________ Sarah had had it. She was done. The promise of that long-awaited child had been nonsense, a joke,Continue reading “When You’re Struggling to Believe God’s Promises”

Unashamed

“Shame is a prison as cruel as the grave/shame is a robber, and he’s come to take my name.” -“Ain’t No Grave,” Bethel Music I recently had a conversation with a woman who was filled with so much shame that all she could imagine God saying was “I don’t want you here.” Anger at theContinue reading “Unashamed”

Hope in the Past Tense: A Good Friday Reflection

Jesus was dead. Jesus was dead, and there was no going back. It had been three days already, and three days marked the expiration date of any lingering hope of resurrection. They had opened themselves up so vulnerably to a hope that seemed too good to be true. And it had been too good toContinue reading “Hope in the Past Tense: A Good Friday Reflection”