Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

This is why God isn’t waiting to punish you

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After weeks of working, trying to make it better, trying to bring restoration, they finally heard the word of God. The priest read and the Levites explained the meaning for hours, filling in huge gaps in Israel’s collective memory. They have come to rebuild and inhabit Jerusalem after long, hard years of exile. And now, […]

Are we missing something big about the cross?

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It was like hearing the old story for the very first time, there in that makeshift Welsh church. I was living in Paris and it was quintessential spring, with cherry blossoms on the Champs-Elysee and girls in sundresses laying out in the parks. Ten years ago and just like yesterday, you know? But despite the […]

We Don’t Talk About This on Good Friday

For he made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  2 Corinthians 5:21 We talk about the supper. In still and gentle tones, the last message of a dying man, shared and sung around the table in time-honored tradition. Love […]

When you need a reminder your life is here and now

I’m not quite sure how time has slipped by me. It’s been three weeks since I’ve written you; it’s far too long. I knew what I wanted to say in January: we talked about becoming who we want to be and forming the habits that will get us there. Then February came like a whirlwind. […]

This is what you need to do before heartache hits this year

Have you ever had a year go exactly as you planned? Or even as you hoped? Neither have I. We plan and prep and hope. And we’re working to become who we truly want to be. But we don’t foresee the drops on this wild roller coaster. The twists and turns aren’t quite what we expected, […]

The unexpected secret that will make you who you want to be

Our shiny, new year tarnishes quickly, doesn’t it? The ball drop and midnight celebration seems so long ago now. By now, more than half of those who made New Year’s Resolutions have quit. There must be a secret that keeps the select few going. That’s why we’re spending the month looking at who we want […]

This is how to become who you want to be

Last week, we asked ourselves a big question: who do I want to be this time next year? It’s not what we’re used to, after years of asking what we want to or should do. But the answers come from deep within – they’re often more true, more beautiful, and even more interesting than any […]

This is the question you should be asking this year

It’s January and, like clockwork, I start looking ahead Can I be honest, though? I’m not thinking about what I want to do this year. Instead, I’m thinking about who I want to be. And I’m realizing those perspectives are completely different. I suppose it makes sense to me – I’m wondering why it’s taken […]

God With Us: Behold

Today, we remember the day that God put on skin. It’s in every corner of the story, the crimson thread that runs with astonishing consistency. He’s coming for the broken, the shamed, the burdened, the unknown. Reading: John 1:1-18, 1:29 Song: Behold the Lamb of God and The Theme of My Song by Andrew Peterson […]

God With Us: The Unwanted

Unreliable. Liars. Thieves. Unclean. The words echo, but not across the dark field. The words are inside, and the shepherds can’t escape. They’re caked with the grime of their work and a stigma that’s never quite washed away. /// Reading: Luke 2:8-20 and 4:18-19 Song: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Andrew Peterson* ///   […]