• God,  Grief,  Jesus Christ,  Kingdom,  life,  Love

    Now

    Often beside a cluttered kitchen, overlooking a disaster of a living room, my family sits down to eat dinner (usually later than I’d like to admit). At the table next to a lamp we have a little chalkboard on which I write quotes I want to remember, things I want us to see everyday. Lately we have been memorizing this passage from the Talmud while we eat Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. We say “enormity” round and wide. We say “NOW” loud and…

  • Christian Living,  Family,  God,  Jesus Christ,  Legalism,  Motherhood

    Took His Daughter to Work Day

    I’ve been working on a post (for likebasicallyforever) about respecting kids. Valuing them as human beings, as individuals, as free agents… But today Gabe took RJ to work with him. For no other reason than “I miss her.” And that kind of says more than all the logic and intuition I have been editing to precision over there. In this family our daughter has value that her father sees right now. He doesn’t see her as a potential or a commodity. She doesn’t serve some image of a nuclear family and anyone who has had a 3 year old knows that she will not be impressing anybody today with her social skills (although…