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Nathaniel Lee Hansen

Guests on the Sabbath

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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