Dobby is a free elf!

Dobby the house elf is actually one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter story. Dobby’s life is quite tragic, he’s enslaved to a cruel family, and has no hope to ever be free. On top of that any attempts that he makes to do good, which violate his evil’s masters’ wishes, he must punish himself. But Dobby has such inner goodness that even the threat of pain and punshiment doesn’t impede him from doing what is right, or at least what he conceives to be right.

Throughout The Chamber of Secrets Dobby’s appearance marks tragedy for Harry, because even while Dobby is trying to be helpful and protect Harry, because all he’s known is pain and suffering, of course his means of helping end up hurting Harry. Dobby’s enslavement prevents him from being able to help as much as he would like to. Dobby is under magical compulsion to serve his owners every wish, and must find loopholes and suffer consequences to help even in the limited manner he did in the book. Continue reading “Dobby is a free elf!”

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Why the hiatus?

I’ve had a bit of a frustrating couple of weeks. See my computer is no longer functioning. It turned out that the issue with it is pretty common for my computer’s model and the manufacturer had a program in place where they would repair it for free that ended at the end of last year. There’s a couple of options I have to fix it, but not all the time or tools needed to get it done.  Continue reading “Why the hiatus?”

Friendship and Bravery

I have quite a few rhythms in my life. Times when I do things year in and year out because they refresh my soul, remind me of certain truths, and delight my spirit. I read two book series every year to do this; the Chronicles of Narnia in the Christmas season, and Harry Potter in the fall leading up to Halloween.

I just finished the Philosopher’s Stone this week, and once again I was transported to beautiful fantasy that brought me deeper into reality rather than further away from it. The beauty of sacrificial love overcoming evil and hate, the centrality of friendship in life, and hope that there is more going on in this world than just what we can see around us. For these reasons, and so much more I love these books. Continue reading “Friendship and Bravery”

Thistles and Thorns

Back in the winter I was wrestling with a lot. And I had been wrestling with it for months, and I was getting tired. Along with a lot of emotional and spiritual work I was also moving and stepping away from my calling for a season, and I had been intentional in making those changes and walking forward through them. And I was so tired, and I didn’t know how much more I could dig down and do it. And then I got the image of a Sabbath in the Wilderness and wondered if that was a reality for me, and if that would mark my next step of the journey. I think for a time it was supposed to be that for me, but I took it too far. Continue reading “Thistles and Thorns”

Wretched

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

Have you ever done something that makes you sick to your stomach about yourself?

There’s lots of things people do that make them hate themselves: Lying, cheating, stealing, violence, distancing themselves away from other, saying a rash sarcastic word instead of an uplifting word, or going back to that one thing that you’ve sworn off but can’t seem to be free from.

My poison is lying.

And the worst thing I ever did I did this last weekend. Continue reading “Wretched”

When your “dig-deeper” button is broken

One of my favorite people published another book this year. Steve Wiens used to be a pastor at the church I attended, but he has gone on to plant a new church that is all about new beginnings. Though I was quite bummed to have him leave, it has been amazing to see the new things that he is bringing forth into the world.

His most recent book, “Whole” is all about how when we become personally whole we are able to bring that wholeness into the world and restore the brokenness there. Steve does this by asking questions, telling stories, and opening the Scriptures in ways that makes it feel like the reader is part of the action.

The whole book is amazing. Continue reading “When your “dig-deeper” button is broken”