The World Together blog : Spirituality
I first realized I was different from the rest of my family when I was 4 years old. It was a hot summer’s day and I was running water to fill the bathtub. Not for myself though. Oh no, I was filling it up because it would serve as my baptistery. That hot day around 2 p.m., I fully immersed my favorite white teddy bear, Banilla, into the lukewarm water. A hymn of response and reception was to follow.
Jennifer Murch and her family began a Mennonite Central Committee term in Guatemala in January.
When I was a pastor I often felt as though I had been invited into sacred space. Space so intimate that I felt guilty by my presence. My breath alone felt an intrusion. The intimacy undressed my defensive robe of resolve and left my emotions vulnerable. Paralyzed by the gripping scene, all I could do was watch and marvel. I consider these experiences precious gifts because they have plunged me into a deeper understanding of grace.
Use this Lenten season as a time to grow closer to God and simplify your life. Try a new suggestion from this list each day and experience the stronger relationships and calmer pace of an (almost) Amish lifestyle.
If the lost word is lost, if the spent word is spent
If the unheard, unspoken
Word is unspoken, unheard;
Still is the unspoken word, the Word unheard,
The Word without a word, the Word within
The world and for the world;
And the light shone in darkness and
Against the Word the unstilled world still whirled
About the centre of the silent Word.
The beginning of a new year is a natural time for people to reflect about the future. That reflection often includes searching for a sense of direction from God. As individuals and congregations we search to understand how and where God wants to lead us through the coming year.
Over the last few years I’ve noticed something about the first two weeks of January: I dread going to the gym.
I intended to write a review of Sarah Sentilles’ memoir, Breaking Up with God.
This is the first week of Advent.
The following is from a series of Advent posts on Julie Clawson’s blog.