• When Dying Feels like Death

    There are times when dying feels like death. Having grown up in a Christian church and home, I’m well-accustomed to the language of “dying to self” and “taking up my cross.” The words are readily on my lips when someone speaks of sacrifice, or the call to missions, or the call to serve their local

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  • Alive Indeed | A Prayer

      Christ has risen! Indeed, we cry routinely enough. Christ has risen indeed. On this cold, pale blue morning we recite our affectionate gratitude for Your plans beyond our expectations for Your life beyond the grave for Your promises beyond our hope. The morning scene is serene enough to sentimentalize us, and for even this we

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  • Good Friday | A Prayer

    Lord, Oh, Lord. Today we pause to memorialize Your divine dying and with it our death-loving selves. You came to us, Jesus, the God-Man of heaven to preach good news to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the loosening of bonds to those in chains and the acceptable day of

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