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Stephen Grant
Tryin' to leave a drop of grace in every step I take as I raise my eyes from shame to grace
Interests: Wife, Kids, Pets, Theology & Psychology, Recovery, Freedom, Portland Timbers & Motorcycles
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Pabs and I ride together. It is the number one way we play. I remember the very first ride we took together. She was on her FX07 and I was on the Goldwing. We weren't very far from the condo... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Promises
Wholeness is discovered when we can assimilate the exiled parts of ourselves, which we want to ignore, and "re-member" them differently, interact with them differently and become whole instead of remaining fragmented and broken. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Promises
The real issue, whether it is abortion, or war, or immigration policy is an insipid commitment to pursuing death rather than life. The death of which I speak is bigger than mere, “ending of breath.” Death is a commitment to self without regard for another. Death, as I am defining it here, is the denial of relationship. For there is no life without love. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2020 at Promises
I think the reason Gigi’s and Miggy’s journeys are so hard to witness is it feels as if their meaning is being ripped from them. I think that is my fear for the end of my life — that meaning would be ripped from my chest and stolen from me. I have to choose to believe that what appears to be the case isn’t; that their lives and the number of heartbeats God has given them is pre-ordained and held in His hand. It is hard to believe some days… like today. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Promises
When one feels the need to control another adult, to take power over another adult, to get them to behave the way you think they ought to behave, you are engaging in evil. The attempt to gain control and power... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at Promises
Growing up, I always wanted to be a hero. As an adult, I always wanted to be your hero. I wanted to be a hero to everyone close to me. I knew that if I could be a hero, I'd be loved; I'd not merely be me. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Promises
Because I am trying to adopt Pabi's "political atheism," I don't publish my political ideas. However, if these posts are what they are supposed to be, it is only fair that you understand what I think about some of these things. As you will see there is enough here to piss everyone off. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Promises
So, "holy anger," is anger that is directed at the evil that is done, and not at the persons who do it. It separates the evil act from the person who acts. This is so hard to do! It is far easier to hate the person who does the act than to focus our hatred on the action and the evil that leads the person to take the action. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at Promises
So, for me, to be a Rebel for Love - A rebel for the Kingdom - means that I do this work. I look for the good in the midst of the shit. In some crazy ways, this starting point is the fuel of my freedom. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Promises
As we live in love; experience freedom from shame; create beauty and speak life; using power to serve the rest of creation; we begin to live life as it was designed to be lived. And so, I believe, that in order to experience the fullness of life, we need to experience the fullness of these things Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at Promises
It is the middle of the month and today, there is no rain. It seems rare these days -- to have a day without rain. When I rode south to help Maggie move into culinary school in Coos Bay three... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Promises
Tomorrow we leave on our 2300 mile motorcycle adventure to the Montana Rocky Mountains. During the eleven day trip, we will travel through four states and cross the continental divide four times. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Motorcycle Marriage
I’m the outcast - The one that always never belonged. She did it to me... "Are you kidding? That doesn't happen." The evils of which you speak are an everyday occurrence for you; Which is precisely why they are so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Promises
We are launching this site to chronicle a planned 11-day 2200 + mile epic motorcycle journey with two good friends we call the Harleys. But we also want to talk about what motorcycling is teaching us about communication and how it surfaces how we view each other; and exemplifies what it means to "make space" for one another. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Motorcycle Marriage
I’m sitting in a coffee shop with Nic, from the Seattle School. His Dad was killed in a motorcycle accident on Sunday in Arizona. He asked me to simply be with him as he got on a conference call with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Promises
A Note to Begin: Thomas, your words that you read the first volume of Letters to My Children made me happier than you can imagine. Then when Rascal died I had something to say again to you as adults. So... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Promises
Sunday, my rector preached from Luke 18:10-14 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Promises
Because he forgave me (and he had to forgive a shit ton of sin in me), I get to take communion. And as I take communion, I say, "I will enter into his death and give up my life for the world in the same way he gave up his for me. It may look like it costs me everything, but death always precedes resurrection, and resurrection is better than life!" Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Promises
In my second year of grad school, our Therapy professor introduced my cohort to the work of Margaret Crastnopol who studied and wrote about psychic micro-trauma. She spent two hours with us presenting a paper and then took questions about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at Promises
Sometimes, recovery looks eerily similar to the abusive church. When members are encouraged to stay away from others who have "graduated" from the fellowship, there can be a kind of cultish feel to 12 steppers. The general belief is, "Once... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Promises
Growing up the son of a missionary and gospel singer/evangelist who were committed to living, "by faith:" asking no one but God to meet the family's needs shaped me in some interesting and challenging ways. I grew up having visited... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Promises
So it ended up being a long 384-mile day. My foot is messed up, swollen and black and blue. The injury slowed us down. I move like Tim Conway in a Carol Burnett sketch. Because of that, we were 40... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Promises
The "Rever*" map of our first day's route There is a downside to Coms -- Things you say out loud that normally no one else but God can hear, get heard by your spouse. And it may be hard to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Promises
Taking a bike trip isn't like taking a car trip. We are sorting through what to take and what bags to take as well as making sure the bikes are ready for the journey. In the case of my '86... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Promises
On Monday morning Paula and I will start a motorcycle trip that will take us to Coeur D' alene, ID. On Wednesday we will leave Coeur D' alene and head north to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. Amidst the insanity this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Promises