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

Super quick and delicious

I’ll just give you the link to this one because I followed the recipe, just doubled everything and sprinkled some fresh cilantro on top, which was a nice touch.  This Curried Broccoli Couscous is really quick (chopping the broccoli takes the most time), and it’s made for great lunches all week.  I probably didn’t really…

Ash Wednesday and What’s Wrong with the World

An old post re-worked a bit and re-posted again… The Book of Common Prayer tells us that: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. …the whole congregation was…

Ash Wednesday: A reminder of what’s to come

There’s nothing like old tombstones to remind you of what’s coming!  Lent is almost upon us, and Ash Wednesday is an annual reminder that we are but dust and will someday return to it.  Or, as the letter of James puts it, “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” …

Thoughts on a Friday

I managed to get my Christmas things put away in one afternoon, but I’m never rushed about it.  I don’t see any problem with leaving the nativity and decorations up through the first week or so of Epiphany.  Anyway, with that in mind, this seemed like a good thought on which to end the week:…

Epiphany cake fail (sort of)

This cake sort of came together by accident.  😉  I’d been mulling over the recipes in the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens and decided to whip up a batch of the flavored marshmallows just for fun.  I used raspberry syrup and swirled real raspberry juice on the top (definitely the most delicious bit!). …

Reading Colossians for Christmas

For the last few months I’ve been studying Ephesians, Philemon, and Colossians, wending my way back and forth between the books in several different settings.  I got mired in Colossians in the weeks leading up to and beginning the Advent season, which turns out to have been a fantastic thing! I’ve been enthusiastic about Colossians…

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…

Thoughts on a Friday

Bravely take hold of the real, not dallying now with what might be. Not in the flight of ideas but only in action is freedom. Make up your mind and come out into the tempest of the living. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer