Grief Has Paid Me A Visit

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Grief has paid me a visit. My breath grows shallow as he draws near and a fog drifts through my mind.

Leave me alone,” I want to say. “I’ve dealt with you long enough. Read More


New Beginnings: Music & Mental Health



On Sunday I stood in church and played my violin.

Perhaps you haven’t heard my story and this appears to be a small feat. But, emerging from years of chronic pain as a result of a music-related injury, for me is kind of a big deal.

It was a warm summer morning and I pulled my violin from beneath my bed to carefully wipe off the sticky rosin. I yanked and turned the pegs, drawing the strings into place and tightening the hairs on my bow. At church I joined the worship team on stage, looked out at the congregation and up at the microphone looming above me.

“Dear God,” I whispered up to heaven, “please let this sound good.”

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Wednesday Wisdom

“For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.”

– Lamentation 3:31-33

Highlights from Mancelona



In my last post I hinted at my mission trip to Michigan for a Bible camp. Now that I’m back I realize what an odd experience it was. I left my office where most of my life takes place and spent a week with dozens of middle school children in a place with a funny name.

Mancelona. Read More