lent, an amateur’s confession

Our dear friend Caitlin Brock has put forward a call for humility and creativity during the season of Lent. We pray with her that we will sincerely seek God in a way “that will result in abundant celebration of His death and resurrection.” Thank you for these words, Caitlin!

wild wheat & honey

For the past few months I’ve been pondering, praying, asking “Why Lent?”, “What is Lent?“. And now, Lent season is here. I say season because, well, it will be some time. 40 days. Anything can be done for that amount of time and in the scheme of things, my attention to one focus over the course of 40 days is not much. But, it’s the purpose that has me fearing the worst in me, the part of me that has struggled with perseverance. The part of me that starts strong but quickly loses site of the finish line and joins a whole other race entirely. It’s not something to be taken lightly. And so, 40 days looms and excites me. I want to meet with my King in this. I want to engage but, with reverence, so that when Easter Sunday comes I will rejoice in the Savior’s…

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How God meets our desire for belonging

The joy of belonging to another is beyond compare, insofar as that Other is loving beyond all compare. If all peoples would be against us unjustly and all eyes lifted against us coldly, and yet if there would exist just one person so greatly loving and affirming of us that the injustice or the injury against us would be an afterthought, we could make it through anything. We feel we could perhaps make it through death itself and still be found aright if the Other’s love for us is that great.
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Why I have started writing again

I made a quiet pledge at the beginning of January to pursue a year of increased creativity and fruitfulness.

The kernel of the idea is that I saw how for years I warded off creative fruitfulness out of a prideful disposition. I only wanted my name attached to a craft or a product or a piece if I felt that it was the best it could be.
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Mark Galli on “The Ultimate Law of the Universe”

The most wondrous things in the faith can be ignored on the basis of familiarity. Hope. Love. Grace. These are the things into which angels long to look, as the Apostle Peter wrote. Yet we can coast through the heights and depths of these words with eyes closed and the mind bored, believing we already know what they mean. We are far too easily satisfied with small thoughts.

I was moved with longing for one of these familiar wonders (grace) while reading a recent piece by Mark Galli, published on Christianity Today’s The Behemoth: The Ultimate Law of the Universe: Grace“.

Galli first summarizes how most of us orient our lives not around grace, but around law :

All along, at every stage, we try to manage the moral shape of our lives, often to prove to ourselves and to others that we have our act together, that we matter, that our lives are justified. We live as if the ultimate reality of the universe is law, that which can be measured and achieved by effort.

All too true. The “beautiful orthodoxy,” as Galli (CT’s newly appointed editor) calls it, of expressed Christian faith is that grace supplies an alternate ultimate law of the universe. I highly recommend spending 5 minutes reading Galli’s piece. Then spend the whole afternoon meditating on what it means that it’s actually true.

Problems of a pale person #58

Jennifer sent this to me over chat this morning:

Problems of a pale person #58:
When you look at your own feet and think, ‘I don’t remember putting white socks on this morning’ only to realize it’s your skin.

My fair lady says that she actually did mistake her feet for white socks. Delightful!