Words For When

life happens

Never say never.


I was never going to start my own blog … just like I was never going to move back to the town I grew up in, or grow up to be a pastor, or expose my children to trademarked characters (cue “do-do-do-do-do-Dora!”). Yeah, well.

Here’s the thing: I’ve been looking for websites, blogs, pages, you name it — if it’s an online rock, I’ve turned it over, because I am so often in need of words, and don’t have much time to find them.  I need words, prayers, blessings or poems to offer folks when life happens and hope (or comfort or understanding or sympathetic co-bewilderment) is needed but pieties or niceties just won’t cut it. I know the words are out there, I’ve found a lot of them, but they’re scattered (covered and smothered), and I’d really like to have a searchable collection. After all, I can’t quote Rainer Maria Rilke, Mary Oliver and John O’Donohue on every occasion (can I?).

So, I’m going to use this blog to share the words I find and the words I write for when…

Mostly I imagine this will be a catalog for me.  But maybe others are out there looking for words, too.  If you are, feel free to use these if it’s helpful to do so. If they’re mine, use or edit them for your own (non-profit) needs. If they’re not mine, I’ll credit them accordingly.

It would be amazing if this blog brought out leads to other peoples’ words — where you go to find words for when… or even what you yourself have written because you needed words for when…


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