Welcome to Friday Favorites! Each week, Prasanta Verma and I round up some of our favorite posts on prayer, writing, and the contemplative life. We hope they’ll be a source of hope and encouragement for you.
This week, our round-up includes posts on Lent, songs of lament, and the 500-year-old sounds of Hagia Sophia. Enjoy, and be blessed.
Psalms for Lent via Andrea Bridges (a simple devotional practice — reading the Psalms each day during Lent)
Lenten Chaos via Duane Arnold (Lent is a time of spiritual practices, but only God can create in us a new heart)
Sing the Wounds [reflections on lament, song, and hope] via Sarah J. Hauser (lamenting and singing in times of grief)
Disruptive Love via Catherine McNeil (may we disrupt the powers of the world through our compassion, generosity, and love)
Pathmaking, Forgetfulness, and the Recovery of Memory via Drew Miller (remember, anticipate, and live through treasured stories and songs)
Listen: The Sound Of The Hagia Sophia, More Than 500 Years Ago via NPR (listen to what a Christian choir might have sounded like inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in the 13th century)