Sad Blogsy, Happy Beard

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A friend recently told me that my blog is depressing.  I guess my frustration with the world comes through, considering all the criticism I have to offer.  I hold it near to my heart, like someone might a puppy.

The truth is I am sad much of the time… but that isn’t why I write.  I’d like to think that my writing is a celebration of hope.  I groan because I believe we can grow.  I complain because I relish what the world could be.

Please don’t misunderstand the things I write; behind every criticism is a cheer of expectation, behind each complaint a shout of promise.

I lament optimistically. That’s what bearded people do.

Allen Marshall O'Brien

Allen Marshall O’Brien is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-host of the Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

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