Welcome to Friday Favorites! As we continue along in the first month of the new year, enjoy these posts and podcasts that will help set a good tone for living faithfully, creatively, and communally. Praying that 2021 will be a good year for all of us.
Lisa and Prasanta
10 Fresh Ways to Read Your Bible in 2021 via Traci Rhoades (practical ideas for getting started or picking the Bible back up again)
What Are We Expecting in the New Year? via Ed Cyzewski (are we expecting to find God each day? or are we expecting the worst to happen?)
Homesick via Elizabeth Gatewood (finding home and rest in a community that is bound together in mutual concern)
Hospitable Hospitals and Space to Grieve What’s Lost via Lore Ferguson Wilbert (finding space to doubt, fear, and grieve all that has been lost)
And All Shall Be Well via Marjorie Maddox (a poem with no beginning or end)
Creating Courageously During Difficult Days via Shawn Smucker and Maile Silva (how should creative people engage with culture during these difficult days?)
Welcome back to Friday Favorites! The new year has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, but we hope you will still find joy in Jesus, in your faith, and in community. We find community partly through listening to one another and sharing our experiences, and with that in mind, we hope you’ll enjoy the roundup of posts below.
Lisa and Prasanta
Pray Every Day: Isaiah 10 via Mary DeMuth (on this podcast, Mary prays us through the Bible every day; today, listen to Isaiah 10)
Keep Your Lights Up via Aarik Danielsen (a plea to leave your Christmas lights up for as long as you need)
The Gate of Heaven Is Everywhere via Fred Bahnson (perhaps the contemplative tradition is what’s missing from American Christianity)
Yeats’ The Magi (and a poem of mine) via Malcolm Guite (to mark Epiphany, listen to Malcolm read Yeats’ poem)
On the Streets Where They Lived via Eleanor Parker (the more you learn about the history that’s all around you, the more companionship you will find)
Resolved to Write a Nonfiction Book This Year? Let’s Do the Math! via Ann Kroeker (you can write your book this year)
Happy Friday, everyone! For Friday Favorites, we have a collection of Advent posts for you to savor as we wait the last, long week before the Christmas feast. We wish you a joyous season and all of God’s blessings.
Lisa and Prasanta
A Global Advent Calendar via#AdventWord (join an international community in prayer to explore the mystery and wonder of Advent)
Wait of Glory via Nichole Woo (an Advent prayer based on Luke 3:25-38)
God Struck a Match via Maggie Wallem Rowe (what happened 2000 years ago was revolutionary–incendiary, even)
Advent and the Burning Bush via Phoebe Farag Mikhail (a Coptic Orthodox Advent tradition and the mingling of cultures)
Advent and the Trees via Rob Ebbens (a poem and reflection on the weight of waiting)
Mary, Martha, and My Holiday Kitchen via Carlene Hill Byron (kitchens, baking, and doing what matters)
When God’s Work Feels Too Small & Slow via Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast (Advent doesn’t feel very hopeful or expectant this pandemic year…)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! Click the links below to explore poetry, Advent resources, and gratitude as we continue our journey through the season.
May God bring light into your darkness.
Lisa and Prasanta
Turning Darkness into Light: A Soft Shroud’s Folding via Emily Polis Gibson (Rowan Williams and the beauty of Advent)
Untitled via Trischa Goodwin (a poem)
The Advent Project via Biola University (a daily devotional series celebrating the Advent season through art and Scripture)
Advent Calendar via Visual Commentary on Scripture (discover an artwork each day during the Advent season)
12 Tiny Things to Grow Gratitude in Your Home via Ellie Roscher (small practices to grow gratitude)
10 Best Books to Buy a Writer for Christmas via K. M. Weiland (writing-craft books for the scribbler on your list–or for you)
Welcome back to Friday Favorites! As we head into the Advent season, here are some lovely links — including liturgy, caregiving, and poetry. We hope they’ll help you on your journey through the season.
Love and blessings,
Lisa and Prasanta
The Shaking Reality of Advent via Alfred Delp (“Here is the message of Advent: faced with him who is the Last, the world will begin to shake”)
Journey Through Advent via Dorinda Miller (a series of reflections, practices, and resources for the season)
A Liturgy for Celebrating the Holidays Apart from Loved Ones via Sandy Ovalle (a liturgy as we reimagine this holiday season)
Braiding: a Caregiving Detour via Dheepa R. Maturi (a beautiful personal essay on the immediacy and anchoring of caregiving)
Angels everywhere via Luci Shaw (a poem)
Poet Laura: The Generosity of a Poem via Laura Boggess (poetry gives and makes a great gift)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it? Prasanta Verma and I hope you will find some peace and solace in these posts. Prayer, poetry, and positivity — it’s all here. 😉
Be well and be blessed.
Prayer for the Christian Political Other via Gena Thomas (a good prayer for election week)
A Lesson in Meandering via Jeff Grills (enjoy this poem on the serpentine path of life)
Self-Care in Grief and Hard Times via Lisa Appelo (ideas for biblical self-care, which is always rooted in God)
Unmasked via Nichole Woo (what do our metaphorical masks hide?)
The Pastoral is Political: Poetry as Cure for Being Gaslit via Melanie Weldon-Soiset (reading and writing poetry can be healing acts)
30 Positive Words for November via Roz Andrews (one positive word to contemplate for each day this month)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! This week, Prasanta Verma and I were struck by the number of posts and podcasts that wisely and gently help us through difficult times. And, dear friends, you may have noticed that the times are difficult. We urge you to keep your hope and faith alive. The words below may help — soak up these writers on finding God and tranquility in disruption and sorrow.
Be well and be blessed.
A Liturgy for Embracing Both Joy & Sorrow via The Rabbit Room (a liturgy that feels particularly appropriate for this time)
Open or Closed: Welcoming an Expansive View of God via Gem Fadling (an Unhurried Living podcast episode that walks us through a practice to cultivate a greater vision of God during overwhelming times)
Searching for Certainty: Finding God in the Disruptions of Life with Shelly Miller via Sally Clarkson (how difficult times can become purposeful times of spiritual growth)
Poems for All Saints Day via C. Christopher Smith (from the Englewood Review of Books archives, some poems by and about the saints)
Bookish, Tranquil, and Wise via Joy Clarkson (in this podcast episode, Alan Jacobs discusses how to recover our tranquility by reading old books)
Hilary Mantel on How Writers Learn to Trust Themselves via Literary Hub (Mantel talks about routines, early readers, and trusting your writerly self)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! Prasanta Verma and I hope you enjoy this week’s roundup, which includes wonderful words on creativity, kindness, poetry, saints, and spiritual practices. Enjoy and be blessed.
Touching Sacred Earth: Expressive Art and Spiritual Practice with Christine Valters Paintner via EarthRising podcast (disciplines that cultivate a connection with creation and the Creator)
A little more kindness, a little less madness via Cara Meredith (could this kindness be the Christ?)
Seven Suggestions for Living a Creative Life via Dorothy Greco (creativity is part of our spiritual DNA . . . get inspired with these suggestions)
The Return via Marilyn R. Gardner (holy moments and the peace of belonging)
Beyond Juan Diego and Kateri: Meet other indigenous American saints via Meg Hunter-Kilmer (learn about lesser-known saints who embraced Christianity without rejecting the beauty of their own cultures)
Book Launch Interview with Luci Shaw via Writing for Your Life (hear the prolific poet read her poems and talk about writing, divine creativity, and advice for new writers)
It’s Friday again . . . and that means it’s time for Friday Favorites! It’s such a joy to find and share these links each week. Good and true words bring hope into the world. This week, Prasanta Verma and I have rounded up an amazing collection of words that will help you pray, ponder, and read. Enjoy, and be blessed.
Ode to Autumn via Brian Draper (a guided autumn walking retreat)
How the medieval practice of stargazing can change your prayer life via David Russell Mosley (look to the stars and remember that the heavens are telling the glory of God)
What does healing look like within faith communities? via Kimberly Pelletier and Samuel Ogles (an Ask a Spiritual Director podcast episode)
We Are All Related via Nathan Beacom (Black Elk’s spiritual vision for peace)
Reading Emily Dickinson with Job via Laura Cerbus (the resistance and obedience of Dickinson and Job)
Books for pandemic reading via The Christian Century (nine writers tell us about books that reframe what it means to be a person of faith)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! This week, Prasanta Verma and I bring you a collection of links on poetry, stories, witness, writing, and . . . eternity! We hope they prompt you to reflect and to hold on to faith. Read, listen, and be blessed.
Water; A Poem via Ana Lisa de Jong (a beautiful prayer poem about trust)
Matins via Louise Glück (a poem from the Nobel Prize winner in literature)
This eternal moment via Simon Parke (when eternity pricks the present moment, we can see past our past and believe that all is well)
Stories as Service via Festival of Faith and Writing (this podcast episode looks back at past FFW speakers on this theme)
Your Witness Is Showing via Collin Huber (speak, post, debate, and vote, but do so with your allegiance to Christ on full display)
Letter Writing as a Powerful Prompt via Stuart Horwitz (how the quaint art of letter writing can benefit our other writing projects)