Emerging from frozen pain

I was thrilled to see “Let it Go” from Frozen win an Oscar last night. Not only is it beautifully sung and scored, but the lyrics have become a sort of personal theme for my just-released novel.

How Sweet the Sound, at it’s essence, is about emerging.

Emerging from pain.

Emerging from darkness.

Emerging from lies.

Emerging from shame.

Because, as difficult as the opening scenes of this novel may be to read, they work together to demonstrate the power and beauty of the truth when it sets people free.

As Comfort, one of the protagonists hurt most deeply, says,

I feel like the disciple Peter, knowing I am called, hearing Jesus tell me that opening the door will bring freedom and not pain … that pressing through the mist will bring relief and not more shame.

Letting go isn’t about erasing or dismissing the past.

It’s about living free in spite if it.


o come o come: a variation on Emmanuel

across the ocean blue and yellow flags scrape the sky in search of  peace

O come, O come, Emmanuel

across town a child, hungry, weeps

And ransom captive Israel

asleep on streets and under bridges
in hospice rooms and hermetic kitchens

That mourns in lonely exile here

silver bells ring empty

Until the Son of God appear

change clangs against cold red buckets


and then


an arm embraces


a hand reaches

Shall come to thee

a breath speaks hope

O Israel



adore. an autumn photo post.

The heavens declare
The glory of God
And all of the world
Will join the praise
His wonders proclaim


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The oceans and skies
Lift up their voice
And all all He has made
Will rise to bless
The King of all kings.


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Let us adore Him

Let us adore Him
Jeus Christ is the Lord


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Come and behold Him
Bow down before Him
Jesus Christ is the Lord




Eternity’s King

Is coming again
Though all of the earth
Will fade away
His truth will remain




You are worthy of all praise

(~Hillsong United)




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