Monthly Archives: June 2015

Mourn With Those Who Mourn

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Growing up, I remember going to public school and, every year, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. day. We would watch documentaries, read books, and study his “I Have A Dream” speech. We were told that Dr. King had inaugurated a new age in American history, that we were beginning to see that dream being made a reality. That we were a post-racial society.

It is a beautiful dream.

But this Thursday we were once again woken up from that dream with the sound of gunfire as our world experienced another tragedy.

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Learning to Love the Detour

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Growing up in Chicago, I learned to hate detours. With highways already jam-packed 24/7, a detour just meant another 2 hours out of the way, often in directions that felt like they were taking you further away from where you wanted to be rather that toward it. “Detour” was synonymous with “U-turn”.

So it should be no surprise that when my faith life has hit what I would deem a “detour”, my response would not be stellar. In fact, ever since becoming a Christian I feel like that is all I’ve ever encountered: one detour after another.

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