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Thou Who Hast First Loved Us

This short prayer is from a book that I’m reading called “The Prayers of Kierkegaard”.  Kierkegaard has long been one of my favorite philosophers and theologians. My prayer is that through Kierkegaard’s words your soul might be stirred and your affections might be set on the one who has (in each and every...

The Folly of Theodicy

I’ve been writing a lot about myself lately. I feel quite awkward about it really. It’s not that I have suddenly become fixated with myself, it’s just that, through my recent experiences, I have realized that there are some questions that are worth asking. These questions are not easy ones to ask because they...

Trading Ebenezer for Lethe

An Update I had an appointment with an ALS specialist at OHSU last week. My primary neurologist thought that it would be a good idea to receive another opinion just to make sure that it is not, in fact ALS. The other concern that we had is with the...

O Love divine, that stooped to share

O Love divine, that stooped to share Our sharpest pang, our bitterest tear! On Thee we cast each earthborn care; We smile at pain while Thou art near. Though long the weary way we tread, And sorrow crown each lingering year, No path we shun, no darkness dread, Our...

Embracing Pain

Solitude and The Divine Silence Thank you to all who have been praying since my last post. I recently had to spend a few days away from home, and this time away from the routine allowed me to spend a lot of my time in solitude. It was exactly...

Flummoxed

Kairos My time with God was especially rich today. I know this is only because so many of you have been praying for me. Yesterday, after the evening prayer service, a dear friend of mine had the courage to ask me how I was doing spiritually. Now this may not...