Not too long ago, I was munching on my favorite chocolate: a York Peppermint Patty. The mini kind. I’m sure my facial expression exuded pure delight and deliciousness. My middle son noticed and said what I thought was: How does that taste, Fatty? Shocked, I tightened up and almost growled, What. Did. You. Say? Surprised, he… Read More Putting Down the Microphone and Listening in Prayer
Putting on the mask of superficiality started young for me. I was in kindergarten and it was circle time. My teacher asked, “What is your favorite food?” After much internal 5-year-old deliberation, I said, “Spinach. Because it will make me strong like Popeye.” Such a lie. I hated spinach. But, I wanted others to like me. I wanted… Read More Turning Superficial Prayers into Genuine Conversations: part 1
Eye contact used to be hard for me. I remember in college having a horrible time even looking the cafeteria server in the eye when he dished up a tray of crunchy chicken nuggets and a couple Otis Spunkmeyer cookies (basic diet my freshman year). I had to force my eyeballs to look in his eyeballs and… Read More Reworking the Awkward Ignorance of Prayer
Some things I don’t want to do: laundry, clean bathrooms, make phone calls to schedule doctor appointments. I just don’t want to do them. As grown-up responsible adults, we resolve and accept that we have to do the things we don’t want to do. Our want-to can’t drive our decisions within the day.