In no particular order:


1. Ani Difranco, “As Is” – “Just give up and admit you’re an asshole/You would be in some good company/And I think you’d find your friends would forgive you/Or maybe I am just speaking for me.”


I am pretty sure this is a song about one of Ani’s past relationships, but all I can hear are the words of God to us.



2. C. FitzSimons Allison, Guilt, Anger & God – “A small child may accurately and factually be described as inconsiderate, selfish, self-centered, thoughtless, untidy, undisciplined, and ill-mannered. However, if he is not seen or regarded by someone as more than that he will have little chance of ever becoming more than that.”


Growing up I was certainly the “bad seed” who was always getting into trouble and wanted to be known as a bad kid. My mom would hear none of it. Today, I am a fairly well adjusted person and I attribute that to the people, like my mother, who lived and spoke God’s love and forgiveness into my life.



3. Shane Claiborne, dedication to The Irresistible Revolution – “Dedicated to all the hypocrites, cowards, and fools…like me. May we find the Way, the Truth, and the Life in a world of shortcuts, deception, and death.”

I have not finished the book yet, but I highly recommend the Introduction.


4. Conclusion to the Rite for “The Reconciliation of a Penitent,” The Book of Common Prayer – “The Lord has put away all your sins. Go in peace, and pray for me, a sinner.”


As I get older, these words have only increased in their beauty. The power behind them is the only reason I am still alive today. It is the only reason I dare draw my next breath.



5. Jed Bartlet, West Wing Season 3: “Isaac and Ishmael” – We don’t need martyrs right now; we need heroes. A hero would die for his country, but he would much rather live for it.


Too often when we “die” for truth we hurt the people around us. This doesn’t seem to be the case when we “live” for it.