A little over one year ago I began to write this weekly newsletter. At first, it was daunting. I’m not a journalist by training or habit. I was accustomed to letting my ideas cook for long spells, to jotting notes to myself when they came and not returning to them for weeks, months, or even years. This endeavor was something wholly new.

Thinking and writing at a faster pace stretched me and gave me greater confidence. Sometimes I changed my mind about what I’d written a day later. But that was okay; a newsletter is a moment in time. Writing it each week gave me a lovely rhythm in what has otherwise been a difficult and disorienting season in history. Feeling stuck can get you stuck. But writing can, and should, inspire deeds.

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