Dear Tired,

Lifting tired arms, one letter at a time.

Dear Tired: Preparing for this writing endeavor has already helped me. Perhaps it will also help you.     Sincerely, me

Let’s lift tired arms together through listening to one another.

If you are a seeker of hope amidst the darkness, welcome. Me, too. If you are searching for stories about what God is for at a time He seems to only be known for what He is against, this blog is for you.

God and the world don’t need another burned out Christian. Too many of us are on the verge of exhaustion. We need to move with purpose, poise, and joy. I’m trying to find a way to live that way after 10 years of leading a ministry I started.

While life-giving to thousands, it also nearly crushed me. After losing hundreds of people from this side of heaven, experiencing early stages of post-traumatic stress, and helping birth a ministry while also growing a family of my own, “Tired” shaped so much of my last 10 years. There were many moments of pure joy, but plenty of tired. Looking back on it all helps me unpack the beautiful lessons I’ve learned about work, life, love, and hope amidst a culture that permeates “Tired”.

I am a husband, father of 3, and an advocate for children everywhere.

I am part of Forgotten Voices, a fan of the Boston Red Sox, consumer of Dr Pepper, maker of animal sounds, and seeker of hope. I’m passionate about listening to local voices all around – particularly children and senior citizens. When I travel I thoroughly enjoy listening to strangers share what’s happening in their lives, what they hope for, and their thoughts on what life is about.

Though I’m proud Messiah College Falcon and have an MPP from Harvard, my best education and insights come from listening to others and embracing unexpected opportunities to learn. Since watching my mom befriend strangers throughout my childhood, I have a great love of learning about others and searching for hope in surprising places.

Enjoy the journey. I look forward to walking this road with you and introducing you to friends and strangers I meet along the way. Thanks for coming by.

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