Take Me Deeper Than My Feet
Could Ever Wander

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I am afraid of the ocean. I’m afraid of its unpredictability, the way the waves never come in the same way, the way it changes so quickly with the tide and the wind. I’m afraid of its depth and its expanse, the way I can’t see down to its floor or see its end beyond the horizon. The ocean has moods that change with its color, and out of fear, I ...

When God Brings You Full Circle

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The conditions may not have been ideal for a race. Gray, overcast skies. Muddy, slippery trail. Of course, the elements rarely deter trail runners. They show up rain or shine for the pure adventure of the race. My friend Heather and I donned running parkas and set out at the sound of the starting whistle. We were filled with gleeful ...

Come and Eat, Come and Rest

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When daybreak came, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know it was Jesus. “Friends,” Jesus called to them, “you don’t have any fish, do you?” “No,” they answered. “Cast the net on the right side of the boat,” he told them, “and you’ll find some.” So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. ...

Do You Have an Exit Strategy?

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The older my kids get — my youngest turns fourteen this month — the more I try to imagine what our empty nest years will look like. Because we spread the births of our eight children over nineteen years, we will have lived with children at home for at least thirty-seven years when that time comes. Our family has lived loud and large for a long ...