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February 4th, 2011 Posted in Faith and Life

I’m happy to announce that every couple of weeks I’ll be writing essays for Good Letters, the blog over at Image. Some of you will recognize Image as one of my favorite literary journals, and so you’ll know how honored I am that they asked me to join them. My first essay went up a couple of days ago, in fact. Here’s an excerpt:

“‘God bless you’ sets aside the barriers I need to function in the midst of my deep, abiding fear of rejection. If I were to utter it, there would just be you and me, helpless in this world of suffering, two needful souls looking heavenward. Your eyes might flutter in embarrassment, or worse still, the veils that cover them might lift, and I might peer into you, and you into me, a communion of souls that I fear more than most anything beyond the deaths of my children.”