Nathaniel Hansen

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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Confronting Jealousy

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You have to write about this in second person. You can’t accumulate the courage to say I. You are grateful that you can write about this in such a way,…

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Learning to Rest

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You wouldn’t consider yourself someone who was a workaholic. As a newlywed, you were not necessarily lazy, but you most definitely were not as focused as you could have been.…

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Confession(s) and Creative Nonfiction

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“You stir man to take pleasure in praising you, because you made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” * I first read St.…

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Waters of Unending Joy

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This Sunday is Baptism Sunday, and you have the day off from your usual responsibilities of playing piano and singing, and across three services over 30 people are baptized, but…

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13 Ways of Looking Like an Introvert

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I. You’re an only child. You’ve loved to read ever since you can remember. You’ve daydreamed and pondered ever since you can remember. Your teachers in elementary and high school…

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Playing Freely

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Over these past months while you’ve been wielding a sledgehammer to smash the seven-story idol you made to Words of Affirmation (particularly in the context of playing in the worship…

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Project Worth

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As far back as you can remember, you have always been driven to create and maintain various ongoing “projects.” It’s a product, partly, of your Type-A personality. To be sure,…

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