Loveable pumpkins

Reclaiming Halloween

I am on the side of Tim Burton when he says that the two best holidays of the year are Christmas and Halloween. Sure, Easter is great, Thanksgiving is tasty, but for me there’s just nothing else that comes close to Christmas and Halloween. (And if you don’t believe me, stop by my house sometime. Still don’t believe me? Ask …

Tree Blowing in the Wind

Holy Ghost

How futile this life can be. We go about our day-to-day activities, scraping for some glimpse of meaning.  We cover up the emptiness that carves out our insides with things that are ultimately as empty and useless as what we initially covered up. "Vanity of vanities," says the preacher.  "All is vanity."(1) To paraphrase the book of Ecclesiastes, in the ...
Disappointment and Discouragement

Where We Go From Here

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”(1)  What a placid way to discuss how the venom of disappointment poisons the soul. Every week I ask God what He wants me to write about on this blog.  And every week I get an answer.  This week the answer was “disappointment and discouragement.”  Sometimes I have experiences after learning the theme that help …

Man on an Island

This Island, Man

When you can no longer interact with people according to socially acceptable norms you begin to cultivate a unique perspective on society. It can be so easy to feel like an island, even when you’re surrounded by continent. You’re in the throng, people are all around you happy and talking and laughing, but you’re still completely by yourself. You can …

Lives Intertwined

Cross-Stitched Lives

Just over ten years ago essentially every deep, lifelong friend I’d had walked away from me and my family.  They did this because the group of churches I had grown up in told them to, and they were informed that anyone who talked to us would be tossed out along with us. With a couple of exceptions, I haven’t talked …

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Life Springs Eternal

When was the last time that you thought about death? Does it sound morbid to say that I think about it a lot? Now, sure, it’s probably natural for someone who’s been fighting cancer to think about death somewhat.  After all, for many people it is a sharp slap in the face that, contrary to popular opinion, they are probably …

Byron and Sarah

The Cancer Journal Part Four

(This is Part Four of The Cancer Journal.  You can read Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here!) Two days passed following the PET scan.  I tried to push the technician’s look out of my mind, but without much success.  And so we came to Friday evening.  I was driving when the doctors’ office called, and because …