The Gift of Grief (aka “Good Grief”): Let’s Talk About Death Part 3

Our stories contain endless depths to explore and lessons to learn.  For instance, I just realized a powerful new life lesson from two of the worst moments in my life. I distinctly remember sitting on a plane 13 years ago and experiencing by far the worst turbulence I’ve ever felt (and I’ve flown several hundred … Continue reading The Gift of Grief (aka “Good Grief”): Let’s Talk About Death Part 3

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“Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time

If scars were championships, I’d have Michael Jordan and Tom Brady beat!  I’ve got the trach dent, a crooked eye, a bunch of marks from tubes to drain infected lungs, multiple stomach tube scars, a wrist with scaffolding, and all sorts of “interesting” stories on my face.  And those are just my PHYSICAL scars!  I … Continue reading “Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time

The Good News of Jesus Being “Wrong”

I’d never realized before how Jesus was wrong, a friend shared with us during a home group meeting the other day.  We were watching a historian and author talk about how Jesus’ big message was announcing the inauguration of a new kingdom … yet where exactly is this realm of goodness? While I 100% agree the … Continue reading The Good News of Jesus Being “Wrong”

A Snow Storm’s Life Lessons

As we've been enjoying a fun flurry of snow storms, Lisa and I noted the calming affect snow has on everything.  It's like a massive collective "HA", which fills your heart with a sense that all is well and all will be well.  Not long after that, a friend came to our door with his … Continue reading A Snow Storm’s Life Lessons

The Importance of Silence

To mark the Winter Solstice, my wife and I attended a “silent” nighttime group pilgrimage through a large local forest garden.  As a guide led several hundred of us on a slow stroll in the dark, I couldn’t help but chuckle at how many people were unable to stop themselves from talking when we were … Continue reading The Importance of Silence

Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

I love playing games and often do pretty well at them.  Honestly, this is so much the case that multiple people have said, “Lang ALWAYS wins.” The problem with this is it’s because I’m quite competitive … though I’d like to think I’m recovering from this. 🙂 One reason my competiveness is a problem is there … Continue reading Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

Meditation on Finding Peace & Wholeness by Diving Deep Into Our Hardships

First the falling, then the rising.  Over the past week a few people shared heartache, struggles, fears, and other painful stuff with me.  Being wired for optimism, I wanted to quickly sugarcoat these hurts or move past them.  Knowing this about myself, I've been practicing going INTO the pain instead of around it; taking time … Continue reading Meditation on Finding Peace & Wholeness by Diving Deep Into Our Hardships

Meditation on the Bliss of Being

Isn't it interesting how much meaning and importance we put on numbers?  While on vacation for 2 weeks I didn't weigh myself once.  I say this because at home I weigh myself everyday, evaluating some of my health and vitality via a number.  While these digits can bring either sorrow or satisfaction, on vacation I … Continue reading Meditation on the Bliss of Being

Giving Yourself Permission to be You

When my guy friends start talking about fixing cars, repairing appliances, remodeling or building stuff in the house/yard, or other typical “guy” stuff, it’s like they’re speaking Greek to me.  Normal “manly” endeavors like this are so NOT my jam. When helping friends or family move I’ll regularly find myself feeling awkward or helpless when something … Continue reading Giving Yourself Permission to be You

“Embrace the Suck”: How Learning How to Smile at the Suffering in Life is Essential for Being Whole, Healthy, and Vibrantly Alive

In a world of tension and breakdown, it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner-lives not by avoiding anguish and running away from problems, but by facing them in their naked reality in their ordinariness. - Thomas Merton   We had a saying in the Air Force that’s stuck … Continue reading “Embrace the Suck”: How Learning How to Smile at the Suffering in Life is Essential for Being Whole, Healthy, and Vibrantly Alive