Pain-Shaped Heart

A few weeks ago I discovered a song by All Sons & Daughters that I hadn’t heard yet. The song is called “Wake Up” from their “Season One” album, and the first line of the verse is: “we have seen the pain that shaped our hearts.” This line really struck...

NO RAGRETS – not even a single letter

When I was in junior high, I used to hang out at the library after school until my mom came to pick me up. A group of cool kids also hung out in the library, in the magazine section – which was the balcony above where I would sit. Once, as an excuse to talk to...

Imperfection On Display

Recently I was playing piano with the worship team on a Sunday morning. I am not a great piano player. I can get by and I enjoy it, and I don’t mean to say that in an annoying self-deprecating way, but I’m aware of my limitations. I’m good at chording, and I’m...

“New Year, New Me”

I know it’s such a tired cliché, but it’s hard not to fall into a “fresh start” perspective when January 1st hits. Honestly, I don’t think it’s such a bad thing. It can be bad when we overcommit ourselves to changing too drastically, or delude ourselves into thinking...