Nov 18, 2014

Create Good: Close Enough to Love

“Your house smells weird!” He dramatically shook his head and crinkled his nose. I agreed. “Yea, it smells different than yours, huh?” I didn’t rush to open a window or light a candle. He was right. My place doesn’t smell like his. In fact it’s so different, it must be...
Read More +
Nov 17, 2014

Create Good: Choosing Good to Create Good

The emotional undertow started tugging at my ankles while I was mopping the kitchen. Yesterday’s confrontation with a coworker played through my head, and my emotions went along with the wave. Anger. Hurt. Powerless. Trapped. My thoughts tugged at me, tempting me to sink deeper beneath the surface. Why didn’t...
Read More +
Nov 7, 2014

Designed to Work: When Work Doesn't Feel Like Worship

Mom kept the gritty green soap by the sink for dad to scrub the grease out of the creases of his hands. Tractor grime and machine oil made a home in his fingernails. As a child, I would watch his pocket knife scrape the black from underneath his nails. They...
Read More +
Nov 6, 2014

Designed to Work: The Making of Bread and Tea

Her hands form dough, which she rolls into flatbread. She makes tea, every single day, with a sprinkle of cardamom or fennel. That was not always the case. Once, a very long time ago, she was a teacher. And a writer. Once, many years ago, she won an award from...
Read More +
Nov 4, 2014

Designed to Work: The Work of Retirement

There are seasons in life, I am learning. And sometimes the rougher seasons are the very ones in which the work we do can be a source of inspiration and solace, a place of ministry and renewal. The six-year stretch between 2005 and 2010 was a tough one for us...
Read More +
Nov 4, 2014

Designed to Work: Her Name is Char

The office building I work in is shaped like a slight altered “H”—two wings connected by a central corridor, three stories tall. It’s a campus-like setting, and three adjacent buildings are constructed exactly like it. Every morning, a cleaning crew arrives at the buildings, a “crew” of one for each...
Read More +

Pages