The First Man I Danced With: A Tribute to My Father

Fathers are complicated, and none of them, at least the earthly ones, are perfect. They need a lot of grace, maybe more than the rest of us. What an overwhelming job they have, to carve out in young souls an image, or example, however blurred and sketchy, of what God our heavenly Father might be like. My dad was a … Continue reading

Welsh Oak

Cracking open a fortune cookie last week at a Vietnamese restaurant, I read a fascinating line: “Good timber does not grow with ease The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.” For some reason this struck a resonant chord. Curious as to where this little saying came from, I whipped out my cell phone and looked it up. The line … Continue reading