Somewhere He is doing something lovingly to you, even when what you experience is only hurt. Is He carving out a cave to dwell in? If so, the cutting away of rocks might hurt very much and you might not be aware of the space He is creating for Himself. -Henri Nouwen, Love, Henri: Letters… Continue reading IN THE HURT, FINDING GOD
This past weekend, my daughter discovered dandelions. A whole field of them. The flowers were less fortunate as they were picked one by one to fill this toddler's temporary obsession. Her chubby hand clenched on to each flower as they each were special to her in their own way. As most adults walked by the… Continue reading WONDER AND AWE
The screensaver of my laptop is a moving slideshow of pictures of my daughter. As she turns 9 months tomorrow, I am struck by how much she has grown. It feels like yesterday when we took her home from the hospital. As crazy as these weeks and months have been, I recognize that my daughter… Continue reading APPRECIATING TODAY
"I love you Shea." If you stood outside the walls of my apartment, you would hear this phrase coming from inside. You would hear it often. It is said with great passion and energy. You would also hear baby talk that follows. At nine-months, Shea says it back in the way she can communicate. She… Continue reading WHAT IS LOVE?
In anticipation of Father's Day this Sunday, I am sharing a series of reflections on my new journey of fatherhood. This reflection was written in mid-January 2017. It could be 4am, when I went to bed at 12. It could be after her screams woke up the apartment complex. It could be in the middle of… Continue reading THAT SMILE
Is there anything in this world like it? A child looking into your eyes, and he or she smiles. It is the most genuine gesture in this fine world, a great gift from the greatest of gifts. My daughter is 8 months old, and she has been smiling for all of her short life. Recently,… Continue reading SMILE