Author: Aaron Hall

Love Well. Love Food. Part 1: Give Thanks

Talking about how we buy our food is often a sensitive matter, but it is also one of the most important mundane actions we take, especially in the United States of America.  I want to encourage readers how to love themselves, their community, and love God with the things we all buy and eat. Loving God and loving people is the essence of right living.  If you believe in God or follow the teachings of Jesus, you may remember he summed all the law and the prophets to these two commands.  He even described what this love should resemble...

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I’ve Come to Buy Gold Refined…

Ruminations and Prayers of Identity, Salvation, Inheritance Text in quotes are sung choruses in the prayer room at Hope City. Trying to experience the jealous love of God. To find the solitude. “Come burn in me, I trust Your jealousy Make straight every crooked way in me” Lord, every channel and avenue that are open to darkness, close. “I want to hate wickedness and love righteousness.” I can’t do this. You can.  You do this work. You complete it in me Lord. Help me, rescue me in my solitary struggle to be nothing but close to You. Is my society,...

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Ignominy

Settling down for the storm Rising flood waters threaten The wind pulls at his hair He squints and sees through Particles of organic matter swirl Swarm and he starts to sweat Adrenaline rushes to his head He peers confidently past it Purpose full of joy, full of sorrow Reverence for mercy and fear of God Could hardly describe his piety He lowers himself further A man of no reputation, gains ignominy Dies humiliated before the world There are no words to apply comfort Only sorrow and blood flowed Buried and embalmed Covered and entombed Death saturated the world But...

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Gratefully Full of Greatness

A grateful heart is not a condition, feeling, or posture, but gratefulness is actually a received gift. Some background first… While I have been blessed with wonderful, caring parents, a close friend as a brother, a resplendent high school education, great friends, incredible travel experiences, all the food I could want, and even great eyesight… I still manage to feel like I’m missing out.  It’s as if everyone else is normal, and I’m not.  I focus on the problems in my head and heart because no one else could possibly understand.  There is so much heartache in the world,...

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A Healthy Reminder

The last few months I’ve been taking the time to really focus on my personal health.  No, thankfully I don’t have serious medical concerns right now.  However, I have struggled with seasonal depression almost every winter for the last several years.  So to combat this and up my game, I joined a local gym, started eating more nutritious food, started sleeping more, and really brushing those teeth, flossing too!  I’ve even treated myself to the occasional massage! While I know that these things are important to my long term and personal health, I inexplicably struggle with guilt whenever I...

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