I’ve wanted this space to have a name for a long time, but always struggled to feel attached to any specific concept long enough to commit. Until Cypress + Thistle. As with most of my ideas, I mulled the words over in my mind for too long. But unlike others, this one seemed here to stay. So with a new domain and a beautiful logo from the Laura Leigh Co, I’m ready to introduce you to Cypress + Thistle.

The name comes from Isaiah 55:13. I grew to love this passage during a more difficult seasons of life and find myself turning back to it often. It’s a beautiful chapter that speaks to God’s ability to satisfy that which our empty pursuits were never meant to, the sufficiently of His word to accomplish His purposes, and the promise of lasting restoration to His glory.

taupeThe memorial to our God that will always last will be the redemption and restoration of His world and His people, “that the name of God may be more illustrious among men, and that the remembrance of Him may flourish and be maintained.” While we hope in the restoration of all things when Jesus returns, we get to participate with the Spirit in restoration work here and now, making much of the name of He who redeems –trusting that His word will not return void, that He will accomplish what He purposes, that He brings flourishing from thistles.

It’s my hope that Cypress + Thistle will be a monument to God’s restoration work, a space for flourishing, a practice in tracing the glorious implications of the Gospel through thorns and thistles and ordinary days.

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