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Guests on the Sabbath

Guests on the Sabbath 1920 1279 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

For four October Sundays one of our pastors challenged us to practice Sabbath. He outlined its history, as well as reasons we should practice it. He offered realistic suggestions to…

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Tracing My Obsession

Tracing My Obsession 1920 1280 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

It’s been said that if you’re a writer, you write about your obsessions, whether you intend to or not. For me, that means poems and short stories (the bulk of…

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13 Ways of Looking Like an Introvert: Reprise

13 Ways of Looking Like an Introvert: Reprise 1565 1174 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

Confession I have used my introversion as an excuse to evade the command to love my neighbors. I have used my introversion as an excuse to withdraw from important relationships…

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Clearing Space

Clearing Space 1440 1080 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

My wife purchased clearance pants and shorts from Kohl’s—she’s great about finding deals. They arrived two weeks before my 40th birthday and waited in their plastic-wrapped stack for those weeks.…

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From the Body to the Heart

From the Body to the Heart 1707 1280 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

Two weeks ago, one of my pastors preached a sermon about how God is after our hearts. I’ve listened to my share of sermons on this topic, but this sermon…

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Words For Grief

Words For Grief 1920 1280 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

You have found it difficult to write these last days. Not because of the usual culprits: fatigue, sickness, student papers. You have listened to so much more music, especially Hammock’s…

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On Our Anniversary

On Our Anniversary 1920 1280 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

It was two weeks ago when our son and I took a break from reading, and I showed him the wedding photo album, pointing out different people. (Yes, that’s your…

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At the Waterpark

At the Waterpark 1920 1276 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

I could be substituting “you” for “I,” but it is more important that I use “I” with confidence, with boldness. Sunday night, my church hosted a free evening at one…

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Wedding Music

Wedding Music 2000 1333 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

It’s the end of May, and the wedding season is well upon us. Whenever I attend a wedding, my attention veers to the music more than any other element. You…

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Being Humbled

Being Humbled 1920 1281 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

It has been 2½ weeks since you last played the piano. It has been 2½ weeks since you’ve begun doing as little as possible with your aching right arm. You’re…

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Faith, Writing, & People

Faith, Writing, & People 1920 1183 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

Four weeks ago, I was with some of my best writer and editor friends and acquaintances at the Festival of Faith & Writing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My main responsibility…

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Forced Rest

Forced Rest 1920 1280 Nathaniel Lee Hansen

Writing this out is difficult, the pain sharp in your right forearm and near your elbow. You are wearing a black brace. Your arms are extended to lessen the pain,…

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