Lenten Thanksgiving

Grateful for: homemade blueberry pie listening ears the Bible study ladies time to rest fresh water free books a new perspective prayer Saturday morning coffee in the sunshine back porch weather line drying laundry freedom church history Advertisements

Lenten Thanksgiving

grateful for… spring on the way vending machine Oreos sleep good books more grapefruit the U.S. Postal Service phone calls from brothers water a nice chai sunshine! cherry jam

Thoughts on a Friday

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…

Why I love…

Eugene Peterson, a person I’ve never met, who’s never heard of me, and whose most well-known work I’ve never read. At a time when I was feeling battered, uncertain, and living in a foreign land on the second floor of a small concrete house, at the end of a dead-end alley, in an unheated room…

Thankful for…

leaves soup time to rest a trip down memory lane the fact that spring will come a card and two letters from friends sunny days celebrating a new beginning with a good group of people unexpected visitors so much still to learn pumpkin scones (made with an egg and dried cranberries this time) (And can…

Thoughts on a Friday

If I, even for a moment, accept my culture’s definition of me, I am rendered harmless. –Eugene Peterson

Thoughts on a Friday

Some heartening thoughts on the day when so many around the world will celebrate in the name of the mysterious St. Valentine.  😉 My brother or sister, if you live out of the center, you win.  On a given day you might be more depressed than anything else, but when your life is hidden with…

Thoughts on a Friday

The Master Potter by Marlene J. Chase He moves amid the potsherds, with patient practiced eye, saves fragments of divinity shattered by outrageous winds. Plying His grand, inscrutable trade, He grinds the useless shards and kneads them into clay. … Read the rest here (p. 32).

I wanted to post this while it’s still January 11th where I live… More resources are available here and here.

Advent Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is over, but there’s still a lot to be thankful for: a light dusting of snow Christmas lights Christmas music Advent hope, for now and for the future flannel sheets laughter fair trade coffee at Aldi people’s generosity laundry (even if I may complain about having to wash it or fold it…

Advent Hope

Christian hope, the spirit that dominates the Advent/Christmas season, is not reserved merely for some splendid future yet to come.  It is much more than an otherworldly matter, a promise of heavenly reward after death.  Jesus does not ask us to wait until later, until the end for help and healing.  Hope is the good…