Christmas Poem X: “The House Where It’s Always Christmas”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2001; I was a newlywed. This poem is about my … Continue reading Christmas Poem X: “The House Where It’s Always Christmas”

Christmas Poem IX: “On a December Day”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2000, my first Christmas out of school. This was a … Continue reading Christmas Poem IX: “On a December Day”

Christmas Poem VII: “Maybe It Will Snow”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 1998, when I was a student at seminary.   Maybe … Continue reading Christmas Poem VII: “Maybe It Will Snow”

A New Kind of Advent

Last evening, the congregation council of the church where I serve as pastor approved a 12-week medical leave of absence for me, to begin January 2, 2017. So I've got about five weeks now until that starts. The season of Advent just began, a season of waiting and preparing, watching and seeking. That's how I … Continue reading A New Kind of Advent

Snapshots of My Depression #7: The Final Cut (Part Two)

This is one in a series of posts I’m calling “Snapshots of my Depression.” These are memories of times in my life when my mental illness manifested itself in one way or another. In my last entry, I shared the story of my first suicide attempt. This is the story of my third, and final, … Continue reading Snapshots of My Depression #7: The Final Cut (Part Two)