I write stories that express the concreteness of a deep wound. The writing is a way to grieve what Evil has done in a community of compassionate lamenters. It's also a place to speak honestly and vulnerably about the struggle for wholeness and a flourishing life in the kind of world we inhabit before God makes all things new (Rev. 21:5).
This openheartedness, as I call it, is the surprising path toward one's own delight as well as the direction toward a capacity to truly receive the delight of another. What you’ll find here is authentic and vulnerable writing about living openhearted with all the joy and sorrow that brings; it's about being touched by God's grace to be fully human in the here and now.
I agree with Lewis Hyde (The Gift) that a gift, if it is to be fully perfected, must be shared in gratitude.This website and my writing in the blog is my gratitude for the kindness I’m receiving from my Father whose good pleasure it is to give me His kingdom (Luke 12:32). I hope it is an invitation for you to come to know the same.
What Others Are Saying
"With so much 'Christianese' rhetoric cluttering the airwaves, I'm eternally gratefully for my friend Joel Willitts, who isn't afraid to get real and talk about the nitty-gritty issues facing us today. If I was on my death-bed, I'd want Joel at my side, because I know that he genuinely and passionately cares."
"I am so thankful for Joel Willitts and the powerful and transforming work that God is bringing about first in his life and now through his life to many. I believe his story and the ongoing healing and transformation he is experiencing provides both an example for us to follow and hopeful and helpful steps for all those bent and broken by sin to take. I trust and anticipate that his desire to see us all live openhearted will greatly serve the healing of many."
"Rare is the scholar, the theologian or even the pastor who is genuinely Openhearted. The apostle Paul's plea for the Corinthians to open their hearts to Paul's care has been answered by this wounded healer, Joel Willitts, my friend. This site is a space open to grace."