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Life in Practice

A journey through a year, reflecting on the church calendar, the Word, and life.

As Guest, As Host

That word “hospitality” makes me cringe with thoughts of well-polished ladies serving tea with plastic smiles and delicate conversation. The pretense irritates me, while at the same time, the unattainable precision intimidates me. There is no amount of commitment and study that could make me into Martha Stewart or Joanna Gaines. I could go toContinue reading “As Guest, As Host”

Juneteenth and Joseph

When I first began this blog, I was hoping to record a year in which I practiced the Church calendar. Staying faithful to weekly writing, let alone steadfast observance, has proven to be a challenge. Besides basic human busyness, I like new things; I’m a sucker for creativity and starting new projects. I’m not soContinue reading “Juneteenth and Joseph”

Pentecost 2021

As a white, middle class, middle-aged, cisgender female, heterosexual, Global North, American, Christian, I have a particular view of the world. It is shaped by my experience, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, education, history (or the history I have been taught), media, family dynamics, socio-economic status, geographical location, etc. Every human has a uniqueContinue reading “Pentecost 2021”

I just don’t know

Over the last few weeks, I have been struggling with writing on this blog. I want to stay committed to working through this year in practice, writing weekly as a discipline of working through my thoughts, and living present in the season in which I find myself. But I’m rattled. I have more questions thanContinue reading “I just don’t know”

Resurrecting Nevers

“Never again.” These words have a power, although frail and finite, to protect us from harm. Once we have been hurt, rejected, abused, misused, and disappointed, a helpful “never again” can keep us from further damage. As children we learn to not touch the hot stove, play with sharp objects, and cross the street unattendedContinue reading “Resurrecting Nevers”

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