Choosing Joy

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Henry Nouwen once made this comment about joy that has stayed with me. Nouwen said, “We have to choose joy… and keep choosing it.”

Joy isn’t necessarily a byproduct to a life well lived. It is a conscious choice to be open to the gift of life and the presence of God. This is a challenge. But it’s also an opportunity.

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A Prayer For 2017

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As we prepare to say goodbye to 2016, I have a prayer for the New Year. With the passing of one season, we align ourselves for what is up and coming. We embrace the newness that is before us.

So, as January first rolls around, there is a prayer I have for my life, my world, and my future. I hope you’ll join me in praying too for this new year that is before us.

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Graduations and Transitions and the Bittersweet nature of it all

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It’s that time of the year again. The fateful season of graduations and farewells and transitions and the beautiful, but bittersweet reality of moving on. It’s the same dynamic every year, and yet it continuously catches me by surprise. Transitions are never easy, but they are a vital part of life.

In youth ministry, we simultaneously celebrate and mourn during graduation season. As hard as it is to say goodbye, we also celebrate the reality that the future is here and it’s time to embrace it.

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