Kidlet joy

Today I had a front-row seat to joy – watching my kids.  After a week away, it was great simply to hang out together as a family (more on that later).  But its so often what they say that brings great gladness (or makes me stifle my laughter because it sounds so funny coming out… Continue reading Kidlet joy

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Buechner on joy

I've always loved author Frederick Buechner's way with words and his take on life.  Here's a few words of his on joy: "Happiness turns up more or less where you'd expect it to - a good marriage, a rewarding job, a pleasant vacation.  Joy, on the other hand, is as notoriously unpredictable as the one… Continue reading Buechner on joy

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Defiant gladness

"Everywhere a greater joy is preceded by a greater suffering." Augustine Ok, let’s dive into one of the central struggles of living in joy – can we know joy in the face of pain, suffering, and tragedy?  Is it possible, even advisable, to choose joy in seasons of devastating sorrow?  Does joy trivialize our sufferings?… Continue reading Defiant gladness

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Enjoying Chicago

1 breakfast of pancakes, freshly picked strawberries and bacon accompanied by numerous cups of  fair trade coffee + 3 hours sauntering around Chicago's Hyde Park, browsing in the 57th St. Bookstore and University of Chicago Seminary Co-op Bookstore, reveling in Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House + 1 lunch at Medici's + 1 visit to the… Continue reading Enjoying Chicago

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