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There is sometimes a perception that because I have been a pastor for the past 20 years and have been counseling at least as long, that I have my whole life together.

But honestly, that’s not always the case.

I struggle with many of the same things that you do, and that’s one of the reasons I write Alice at Dawn. So that we can tackle those questions together.

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Featured: The courage to be yourself ...

It was Thomas Merton who wrote: "A tree brings glory to God by being a tree." I have lived by this idea for years. One of the most powerful ways we can bring honor and happiness to God is by loving who God made us to be, and becoming the very unique person God so lovingly […]

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Saturday selects ...

A brief thought or poem for the weekend, friends ... We're only here for a minute. We're here for a little window. And to use that time to catch and share shards of light and laughter and grace seems to me the great story. (Brian Doyle, 1956-2017)

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What is love?

I adore the late Eugene Peterson's riff on love from his book of sermons: Love is the most context-specific act in the entire spectrum of human behavior. There is no other single human act more dependent on and immersed in immediate context. A dictionary is worthless in understanding and practicing love. Acts of love cannot […]

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Deep winter ...

... is the perfect time to rest. Time to read a novel that demands our full attention. Time to follow the lead of mother nature, to bury ourselves under the thickest of blankets, to hunker down, as my mom likes to say; a hibernation of sorts. Time to linger long around the dinner table, candles […]

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Praying the Psalms ...

There is a scandalous little line in the Psalms, when the praying person entreats God to 'bow down Your ear.' Consider the implications of such an invocation. A subject of the Most High, who ought to approach in trembling obeisance, asks the King to bow down to him. We picture the master stooping to the […]

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A very belated Christmas thought ...

A year ago, after a somewhat rocky Christmas Eve, I woke at 4 AM and wrote this essay to read to my family before we ate monkey bread and frittata and drank some mimosas. I read it again this year before our traditional Christmas morning repast and it seemed to resonate with my people. I […]

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Praying the Psalms ...

"In prayer we intend to leave the world of anxieties and enter a world of wonder. We decide to leave an ego-centered world and enter a God-centered world. We will to leave a world of problems and enter a world of mystery. But it is not easy. We are used to anxieties, egos, and problems; […]

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Welcome to Alice at Dawn. My short posts are meant to be regular reminders to keep walking, to keep living, to continue to listen to the voice deep within your spirit that whispers ... this is the way. Walk in it.

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