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My Favorite Fishing Hole

Do you like to fish?  Yes? No? Sort of? Seems the people I know who like to fish are extremely passionate about it while the rest of crowd is indifferent or, at the very least, confine their fishing to memories with a parent or grandparent. Many families have a photo or video or post of…

A Young Fisherman’s Tale

My dad would always take me to Shady Lakes, an amateur’s playground if you will- enclosed ponds to fish in, but still for a 5-year-old, the world was my pond. One summer my dad managed to convince my mom to come with us, a whole family outing, but we had no idea what was in store…

You’re Not Alone

A while ago, I met a youth during a weekly pastoral visit to a hospital. When I entered her room, it saddened me to see her so thin. Her face clearly communicated the anguish and pain she was suffering. After greeting me and introducing herself, she started to cry. Through her tears, she told me…

What’s in your backpack?

I have zero interest in backpacking, but a few years ago an interview with an avid backpacker caught my attention. She explained that if you want to know what a backpacker fears, all you need to do is look inside her backpack because it’s what she fears that will quite literally weigh her down. If…

March Madness

Here we are, right smack in the middle of the month of March. Doesn’t it seem March has a hard time deciding what it wants to be? I guess that’s why it earned the slogan, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” I can just hear March talking to itself, “Am I still winter?” …

Revelations in the mundane

I have been climbing now since June. The action of climbing a route requires strength, perseverance, critical thinking and trust in oneself; three of which I started this process with. Can you guess which one I didn’t have? It was probably the most foundational piece, you guessed it, strength. Now, I had your everyday kind…

We Need It!

I’m pretty terrible at small talk (introvert problems), so my go-to chit chat usually revolves around, you guessed it, the weather. This means that for the last 2 rain-soaked weeks, everyone from the cashier at the grocery store, to the clerk and the dry cleaners to the neighbor at the mailbox has gotten my best…

Gnomes and Being Known

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know…

Lenten Love

This week the 2018 calendar alerts us to two significant cultural occurrences, the first being the secular celebration of Valentine’s Day and the second being the religious observance of Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, the Christian season of penitential preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Coincidentally, both observances fall on February 14th. If…

Mondays are my favorite days

Monday’s are my favorite days. You might be saying why on earth would Monday be your favorite? Well, Monday’s are reserved for Theology on Tap, a time of fellowship and deep study. This Monday was no exception. We’re studying through Esther and something really struck me this week. Here is what stuck out to me:…