November 16: Sleep

Sleep is a wonderful gift. It restores our bodies in ways we don’t even realize until we are burnt out. It can help increase our emotional capacity and physical stamina. The final for my current class is due tomorrow at 11:59. I’ve been working on it for the past several days, sleeping intermittently because I’ve…

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November 4: Thursdays

I am thankful for Thursdays. This quarter my grad class has taken place on Wednesday evenings. The pressure of the work week typically leads up to that moment and then dissipates. Thus, after work on Thursdays, I feel as if I can take an evening to relax. Most of my week is spent running from…

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Calling out America’s idolatry of work & the need for rest

Yes, we value hard work as Americans, but is it possible we value work TOO much?

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Letter from a Holey Tree

“Comfort, comfort my people,”     says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone     and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over     for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:1-2, NLT) I will bring comfort to your children. They frolic on the land about me and rest in my…

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Lunchtime in DR Congo

Six of us sat on the maize-colored rooftop, attempting to circle together in the sliver of shade as we ate our lunches. The men bantered in Kiswahili, and my eyes wandered to the green banana tree across the way. I rolled the bugali in my fingers, scooped some greens and dipped it in pilipili while trying…

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