What Children Know: What it Means to Truly Live


A few frail drops of rain fall and I sit at the breakfast table, wondering.

My New Testament reading this morning is on the Year of Jubilee and I am thinking of freedom. I am thinking of a broken figure in a hospital bed—one of the patients in the hospital where I work—held prisoner by a body that once was taken for granted.

I am thinking of brave words uttered from cracked lips, of a story telling long torment in an able body, of abuse and addiction, and how his eyes are opened now. I am thinking about what it takes to realize the gifts we are given each day of our life.

Do you feel like giving up?

It is something I have to ask, part of my job as a therapist.

Do you want to live?

I stare out my window and I ask myself this question:

What does it mean to truly live?

I’m over at Anita Mathias’s blog today, sharing some thoughts on freedom and having a childlike faith. Will you join me? 

ppst…did you catch all the goings on yesterday? My book, Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World is officially launched! My friend Diana is hosting a giveaway at her blog. Head on over there for a chance to win a copy!

I’m taking the time every day, to invite God into my ordinary, to notice how life responds to his presence when my heart is open to him. It’s a practice that inspired a book. And I’m sharing in community with the 31 dayers.



  1. says

    Congratulations on the new book! I’ve seen it in mentioned today in several places. How exciting! Can’t wait to read it. I hopped over to your friend’s site and jumped into her hat in hopes that she sees me leaping up for my chance to have a playdate! (sorry, creative mind never shuts off—makes it hard to sleep)

    • says

      I’m so glad you did, Mary! I hope you win. I hope everybody wins :). And I know about the creative mind, but mine likes to crash (and burn? sometimes). Thank you for stopping in and for the encouragement.

  2. says

    Got 20 entrants in the giveaway thus far – open until next Monday at midnight. The book will go into the mail (book rate!) the next day to whoever the lucky winner might be. Thanks for the plug, Laura.


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