Be Strong and Courageous: A Prayer for Graduations and Transitions

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This time of the year is always bittersweet for me. As our church prepares for graduations and transitions, we reflect on the memories we’ve had with students, but also prepare to send them onward.

Over the years, this has only gotten more difficult as we watch the young ones we’ve lived life with prepare for what is next. But during this time of the year, I’m reminded of the importance of these bittersweet moments. They are a reminder that life is made up of transitions and new beginnings.

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Weakness

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Paul writes about weakness and struggles in 2 Corinthians 12. “His grace,” Paul says, is “sufficient” and has the incredible power of covering us, even in our weakened state.

His words in this passage have a haunting effect. What does it mean, really, to let God rule over our lives in such a way that even our weaknesses are covered?

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Caught In Between

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Last week I had the opportunity to publish my first book. It’s called Caught In Between: Thoughts and Musings On the Spiritual Life. The book is available on Amazon and I’d love for you to check it out.

This is a project I’ve been working on for a while now, and with the help of some incredible friends, it came together. The process taught me about not only about writing, but also about creativity, risk, and overcoming fear.

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Redwoods

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Last week, we took a trip up to Northern California and spent some time wandering around the redwoods.

Besides their beauty and the sheer magnitude of these monstrous trees, it made me think of things that grow and flourish and last, even in a world of constant change.

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