• life,  miracles,  thoughts

    A miracle

    The first undeniable, instantaneous miracle I saw was in June 2015. I had met a guy named Wade a few months earlier when we moved to Zanesville. He claimed to be seeing miracles regularly while praying for people on the streets of Zanesville, and he invited me to come out with him. That first day I went with Wade to pray for people, we met a woman named Michelle down at the thrift store. She was shopping, and Wade believed that God told him this random woman had one leg which was shorter than the other. When Wade approached her, this stranger, and asked her if this was true, she…

  • house,  life,  thoughts

    upcycling.

    As the sun filters pink through the trees outside of their bedroom window, I listen to my son pray and reflect on what he told me earlier. “God makes the seed grow into a tree. It’s like the seed is trash, and God makes it into something new again.” he said that evening while they played outside. “God is like upcycling.” Upcycling—the process of taking something old and useless and giving it new purpose. Isn’t that what it’s all about? God taking our lives, once rubbish and useless, and turning them into something new. God taking a planet, a world that was broken, fractured and terrible, and slowly redeeming it—transforming it into a new…

  • gardens,  neighborhood,  thoughts

    Let there be light

    We live in a good neighborhood. In fairness, if you’re driving in from the suburbs, you might be terrified.  It’s not your fault, the neighborhood is intentionally mischaracterized. A few thousand people live in these blocks that we call home. Most of them are good people. All other things being equal, most of our neighbors will choose an honest living and treat other people with decency and respect. There are some people who go out of their way to do good for others, and some people who go out of their way to take advantage of others if the opportunity presents itself. It’s like any neighborhood in the world in…