Life, Meaning, and Melancholy

While camping with my daughter this week, we spent some of our time at a simple lakeside beach at one of Michigan’s recreation areas. The sandy swimming area was at the bottom of a beautiful green hillside. The hillside was dotted with large leafy trees that provided shady picnic areas to relax in. The lake

Sadness and the Human Experience

I’ve noticed in myself a tendency toward avoidance and fear of difficult and painful things—not so much in experience, but more in philosophical thought and reflection. You might be thinking this is an obvious and reasonable response (I agree to a certain extent) but I think my fear and avoidance of such things is partially rooted in

The Cracks That Let the Light In

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” This great line from a Leonard Cohen song speaks to the tension between brokenness and redemption. We mourn the cracks and areas of woundedness in our lives, but it is often through those very cracks that light is able to penetrate into areas

“Being In” the Suffering

Rather than just reflecting on the theological and philosophical discourses that carefully dance around suffering, Wendy Farley has been of great assistance in helping me to think about suffering as it is—as part of the human experience. Farley draws upon the language of traditional folk songs to exemplify ways of simply “being in the suffering”