Author: birch & raven

Making a Difference

comments 2
General Musings

“I want to make a difference,” I told my therapist recently. “I always have, with every profession I’ve considered. I’m not sure I’m doing that.” We were discussing some questions of discernment that I’ve been mulling, reflecting on choices I’ve made and choices I will have to make soon, related to my career as a pastor but also broader questions of life and purpose. Developmentally appropriate, I tell myself, for middle age. A few days […]

A Life Well-Lived

Leave a comment
General Musings / Heart Aches

My friend is dying. It started 18 months ago with headaches, and odd searching for words, moved to a diagnosis of glioblastoma, and has now shifted to hospice care. She is 41. She has a husband, and two young children. Until her illness, she worked to connect farmers and hungry people. We are not particularly close. I kept up with her life through social media; I don’t know if she followed mine. We met many […]