If you’re like me, you may not be sure what day it is . . . most weekdays look alike right now. But I think it’s Friday, so…welcome to Friday Favorites!
Today, Prasanta Verma and I bring you words of hope for what Marlena Graves, in her article linked below, calls a “heavy season.” As Christians, we believe that, despite the weight of everything pressing down on us right now, there is still reason to hope . . . and to pray, believe, travel (vicariously), and write.
Read on, and keep the faith.
20 Prayers to Pray During This Pandemic via Jen Pollock Michel (prayers that address specific needs for communities and situations)
C. S. Lewis on Times of Fear, And A Much Needed Psalm via Chase Replogle (words of encouragement from a well-known author and Scripture)
Holding Space via Aaron J. Smith (sometimes, we need to believe for each other)
A Saving Practice Amid a Heavy Lenten Season via Marlena Graves (a reorienting practice for a heavy time)
Writing During a Pandemic via Leslie Verner (what can you do to keep writing now that home life, work live, and schedules have changed?)
30 National Parks Virtual Tours via Jill Mills (explore the country’s amazing parks without having to travel)
Welcome to Friday Favorites, our round-up of great links from across the web.
This week, Prasanta Verma and I are bringing you posts that give us hope and resources for the difficult time we’re in — how to pray, how to talk to your kids, what to read, what to see, how to write. Read . . . and keep your faith burning bright.
A Quarantine Litany via Phoebe Farag Mikhail (a beautiful prayer)
Pandemic via Lynn Ungar (a poem for this time)
Spiritual Rhythms for Quarantine via Justin Whitmel Earley (a host of practices, good habits, and resources to keep and restore the rhythms of life)
Talking to Your Kids about Coronavirus via Shelly Wildman (gentle advice for talking to your children about fear and God’s love)
Six Books to Get You Through a Coronavirus Shutdown via Karen Swallow Prior (what to read with your extra time)
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch via Andrea Romano (travel vicariously and see some beauty while you’re stuck at home)
One Thing Writers Can Do in a Pandemic: Document the Days via Ann Kroeker (ways to witness with your words)
Welcome, friends, to Friday Favorites. The world seems a bit different this week, doesn’t it? There is fear and anxiety over the rapidly emerging public health crisis. There is disappointment as events are cancelled and loneliness creeps in. There is concern for the most vulnerable in our society.
This week, Prasanta Verma and I offer prayers and posts to help us in these troubled times. The first four links below concern the Coronavirus and our spiritual response to it. We also have a post on holding on to hope and a beautiful resource for Lent.
Keep prayer, hope, and beauty in your lives this week and always.
Love from Lisa and Prasanta
A Coronavirus Prayer via Kerry Weber (a prayer for this time)
Social Distancing with Jesus via Michelle Van Loon (finding comfort and courage in a time of concern)
The Spiritual Practice of Social Distancing via Charlotte Donlon (social distancing to protect the vulnerable among us)
The Surprising Gift of Cancelling Plans and Staying Home via Lesley Sebek Miller (with forced stillness and quarantines, we have the opportunity for quality time and creativity . . . what will you do with this gift?)
Are You Tending a Deep Hope? via April Yamasaki (when you’re tending a deep hope yet not seeing results)
The Lent Project via Biola University (daily Scripture reading, artwork, poem, and devotional–beautifully done)
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)
Welcome to Friday Favorites. February 26 was Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. So today, we wanted to offer you some posts and poems for this stark yet beautiful season.
Blessings on your Lenten journey.
Strengthening Those Breathing Muscles via Christine Sine (breath prayers and meditations — a good preparation and practice for Lent)
Lent: A Primer via Sandra Glahn (learn about the history of Lent, as well as suggestions and practices for keeping this liturgical season)
Lent via Image Journal (a collection of poems, essays, short stories, and visual art for the Lenten season)
That “Strange Season” of Lent via Erin Wasinger (learn what Madeleine L’Engle had to say about this “strange season”)
Ash Wednesday with St. Anne via Jessica Mesman (a story of Ash Wednesday, saints, and coming home)
penitents and elements via Julia Walsh (an Ash Wednesday poem)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! This week’s faves have been specially chosen by Prasanta Verma and me to help us get ready for Lent. During Lent, we journey into a kind of darkness: we go into the desert, we go into the darkness that Jesus experienced, we go into a place of sorrowing and repentance. This place is necessary to help us prepare for new life.
Today’s posts help us explore darkness in our lives — and to find God there. He will not leave us alone in the inky places.
Read, and be blessed.
When You’re Not Feeling Very #Blessed via Kate Bowler and Jan Richardson (when you’re not feeling #blessed, you need a blessing)
The Breath of God via Keren Dibbens-Wyatt (on being enfolded by God even in weakness)
Black Space, Dark Matter via Sarah Rennicke (to be in the shadows is still to be seen, met, and formed by God)
4 Reasons Why You Need a Sabbath Journey for Lent via Shelly Miller (Lent is an opportunity for God to reveal how he’s been at work in your life)
Ash Wednesday via T. S. Eliot (listen to Eliot read his poem aloud)
Last Curtain via Rabindranath-Tagore (a poem about life and death)
Friday Favorites is back after a break last week. Prasanta Verma and I are glad you’re with us!
This week our links begin with a lectio divina exercise and end with a message of hope for our fallen world. In between are some beautiful, difficult, and necessary posts about spiritual crisis, exile, and healing racial wounds.
Read, be encouraged, and be blessed.
Daily Lectio Divina: A Broken Prayer via Laura K. Cavanaugh (a lectio divina exercise using the poetry of George MacDonald)
I Can’t Talk My Way Out of Every Spiritual Crisis via Ed Cyzewski (finding presence and comfort in silence– not more words)
The Immigrants’ Daughter via Nichole Woo (sharing, remembering, and living sojourner stories)
Healing the Scars of Racial Wounds via Heidi Wheeler (encouragement for showing up ready to love, listen, and learn)
It’s Like in the Great Stories, Mr. Frodo via Madelyn Canada (what Tolkien teaches us about living in a fallen world–and not giving up on hope)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! This week, Prasanta Verma and I are bringing you a lovely round-up of links related to finding God, beauty, connection, and “fresh bread” in our lives. These short, poetic reads are just right for shining a light in the long days of winter.
Read, enjoy, and be blessed.
Finding God in Sunshine via Shemaiah Gonzalez (when the light breaks through)
Enjoyment is Worship via Rachel Joy Welcher (enjoyment is a neglected form of worship)
A New Year Revolution via Simon Parke (the present is “fresh bread”)
Love in Ordinary Form via Jennie Cesario (finding God’s love in the everyday)
On Being Kind via David Heddendorf (an interesting take on the kindness movement and what it lacks)
Welcome, friends, to Friday Favorites, where Prasanta Verma and I bring you lovely links on spirituality, prayer, and writing.
In this season of Epiphany, we hope that Jesus reveals himself to you, perhaps partly through the pieces and podcasts below. Be blessed.
What I Learned Being Silent with Monks via John Gehring (what happens when we perform the radical act of withdrawing and being quiet?)
More Than “Just Mercy,” A Path to Healing Racial Trauma (an interview with Sheila Wise Rowe and an excerpt from her new book)
Listening Without an End in Mind via Nicole T. Walters (living as a listener and a learner)
Still Life: Pneuma via Michael Wright (on pneuma, art, and spirituality)
3 Life-Changing Rules for Finding More Writing Inspiration This Year via K. M. Weiland (inspiring creative rebirth in the coming year and decade)
The Habit Podcast via Jonathan Rogers (in this episode, Meredith McDaniel shares the connection between counseling and writing)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! It really is a joy to us to share the good posts we’ve found each week. There are so many people putting beautiful and hopeful words into the world. We hope the ones featured here will bless you today. So, without further ado, Prasanta Verma and I bring you this week’s faves…
The First Sunday of Epiphany–Jesus’ Baptism via Malcom Guite (a sonnet for Epiphany plus a song written by Steve Bell inspired by the poem)
Aundi Kolber: Try Softer via Aundi Kolber and Caroline Triscki (an interivew with Aundi upon the release of her book about compassion, healing, and being God’s beloved)
How the Deep, Dark Season of Winter Nourishes the Soul via Judith Valente (what spiritual lessons does the darkest season teach us?)
Koselig via Ashley Canter (you’re not wasting time . . . you’re changing the world)
What’s a Woman Worth? via Quina Aragon (what does the Bible say about women? A spoken word video)
Spring 2020 Most Anticipated Books for Christian Readers via Englewood Review of Books (make your reading lists for this spring)