Lessons From a Slice of Life Story: How To Live Well in Exile

I read the Book of Jeremiah over the past year from the paraphrase The Message by Eugene Peterson alongside Peterson’s book Run with the Horses, an excellent tool for gleaning truths from the life of the prophet. Sharing a “slice of life” story from Jeremiah seems like a good place to end 31 Days of Writing …

When What You’re Running TO Is a Bigger Deal Than What You’re Running FROM

He was smiling from ear to ear when I pulled in their driveway. Our dog Buddy’s morning romp had taken him to the neighbor’s house. Again. Buddy was pretty pleased with himself, but I was none too happy. I got him into the back seat of my car, apologized profusely to my (new) neighbor and …

When We Build Fences of Regret

Who doesn’t regret something in their lives? You can’t be in this world, have any sort of history, and not have regret. Over choices you made. Or didn’t make. Over people you hurt. Or didn’t love enough. Over misunderstandings, missteps, mistakes. It’s tempting to hang onto the regret, to coddle the remorse we feel and …