I'd like to start out by asking you a question: How do you find meaning in a fragmented world? If you had to boil it down to one thing, what would it be? I'll come back to this question, but first I want to share a bit of my story with you. When I started college at a Christian university, there were some painful realities in my life that I hadn't faced. The short version is that my mom checked out emotionally when I was very young, and left the family the summer after I finished fourth grade. I saw my mom periodically, but she wasn't very involved in my life after that point. This caused a lot of pain, confusion and emptiness for a nine year-old boy. The same summer that my mom left, I began to follow Christ.
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