2018 Top 9 Review

At the beginning of each new year Evan and I enjoy recounting memories from the previous year. Thank goodness for all the photos we take and the ability to scroll through them and recall with such vividity (is that a word?) the emotions, smells, surprises, and feelings had throughout the year.

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Adventure 001: The beginning of our adventure

August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016


We are standing here between our future home and the woods.
The home representing safety, security and what is known.

The woods representing risk, adventure, and the unknown.

We will spend the rest of our lives together living in the tension between the two.

There will be seasons spent in the home, and there will be seasons spent in the woods, if you choose to say yes to the following question:

"Grace Segars, will you marry me?"



Falling, Failing, Going 'Down'

An excerpt from Immortal Diamond, by Richard Rohr: 


"Death is not just physical dying, but going to full depth, hitting the bottom, going the distance, beyond where I am in control, fully beyond where I am now. 

No wonder it is scary. Death is called "the descent into hell" in the early Christian creeds and in other sources, "the pit," "the dark night," "Sheol," or "Hades." We all die eventually; we have no choice in the matter. But there are degrees of death before the final physical one. If we are honest, we acknowledge that we are dying throughout our life, and this is what we learn if we are attentive: grace is found at the depths and in the death of everything. After these smaller deaths, we know that the only "deadly sin" is to swim on the surface of things, where we never see, find, or desire God and love. This includes even the surface of religion, which might be the worst danger of all. Thus, we must not be afraid of falling, failing, going "down."

May we move towards living a life of falling, failing, and going "down", and in doing so find the grace that exists at the depths and the death of everything. Amen.