J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

Getting Away From It All

A reflection on the most important thing to bring on vacation: Yourself.

Knowing the God You Cannot Prove

Analysis paralysis about God’s existence can chain you to your chair. Here’s a meditation on taking the leap.

Drop the Objectification Lie

What does the way you see a guy pushing a grocery cart full of beer and Slim Jims have to do with the way you see God? Everything…

Seeking God on the Go

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6). I love my work as a counselor.  What a privilege to spend my days and many evenings engaging visitors who share their stories of suffering and hope.   Whatever their background and circumstances, therapy always occasions a glimpse at the […]

A Writer’s Confession

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). I do not write for you to remember me. Ancient writers often did not sign their names to their scrolls.  They signed the name of their teacher.  We call that forgery.  They called it honor.  They wrote to share the truth they gratefully […]

Sacred Grief, Holy Help

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). Even before we face deaths and major losses that rip the fabric of our lives, grief weaves itself into the warp and woof.  At birth, we lose the comfort of the womb.  As we grow up, we lose innocence. As we make our […]

Blessed Overwhelming

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). This very moment, you have a choice: Sleep or let life overwhelm you. Usually, we sleep, even through jobs, chores, and necessary routines.  Through power, discipline, or dumb luck, some gain more control over their lives than others, but at a […]

Tackled by the Risen Son

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:11-12). Yes, I held the thugs’ jackets, freeing […]

Our Mother, the Peacemaker

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9). Ninety years ago today on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, 45 year-old Alice Marshall gave birth to her youngest, Betty Jane.  Alice passed along not only a sturdy constitution but a very old soul – gentle, discerning, optimistic […]