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)
Welcome back to Friday Favorites! This week, Prasanta Verma and I have a great round-up of links related to prayer, Scripture, remembering, joy, and writing. Enjoy, and be blessed.
A Prayer Amid an Epidemic via Kerry Weber (a prayer for individuals and groups)
Why Do We Cling to Scripture? Our Lives Depend on It via Patricia Raybon (why black Americans dive deep into the Word, and an invitation for everyone to take the dive)
The Spiritual Practice of Remembering via Nicole T. Walters (the importance of remembrance in our lives)
The Verdant Greening of Joy via Erin Jean Warde (in honor of Hildegard of Bingen, whose Feast Day was Sept. 17)
Of Being via Denise Levertov (a poem)
The Necessity of Pruning via Caroline Langston (pruning in the garden, in the spiritual life, and in writing)
Katelyn Beaty and Al Hsu — Publishing in the Time of COVID via Jen Pollock Michel and ERB (a podcast episode about the state of Christian publishing and favorite books)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! Please enjoy this round-up of posts that Prasanta Verma and I have gathered for you. This week, there are some wonderful words about self-care, lament, grace, faith, and facing the blank page. Be blessed.
Today was a Crying Day: A Lament via Deb Vaughn (because God hears us when we cry)
What Does Self-Care Look Like in a Time of Crisis? via April Yamasaki (finding rhythms of self-care and grace from God)
Can We Do All Things Through Christ When Life Feels Impossible? via Ed Cyzewski (feeling overwhelmed and sorrowful can be an opportunity to take a step in faith)
In This Fraught Racial Moment, We Need a Refresher on Human Depravity via Tish Harrison Warren (confronting the sin of racism and accepting God’s radical grace)
The Power of Blessing—with a Prodigal, a Neighbor, an Enemy, the World—plus a gift via Judy Douglass (can we bless one another, even in times of conflict and anger?)
The Cold Open: Facing the Blank Page via William Kenower (what do you do when you sit down to write and…you’ve got nothing?)
Welcome to the first of this fall’s Friday Favorites!
Each week, Prasanta Verma and I bring you a collection of posts, articles, and podcasts. They include poetry, personal essays, spiritual formation, and articles on the craft of writing. We hope they’ll give you nourishment for these times.
Rest Is Resistance to a Do-It-All Culture via Grace P. Cho (we rest because we have limits and because we can trust God with all that needs to get done)
Intended for Joy via Emily Polis Gibson (“if all this is made for joy, then maybe so am I…”)
Marlena Graves: The Dangers of Money, Power, and Influence via Julia Walsh (on the Messy Jesus Business podcast, Marlena Graves discusses the message of her recent book)
Mary Oliver: Listening to the World via On Being (Krista Tippett talks with Oliver about replenishment, words, poetry, and the natural world)
Some Trees, Too via Andy Eaton (a poem)
Imagination, Creativity and Spirituality (They Go Together Well) via Carl McColman (cultivating the sacred imagination)
Validate Your Idea to Produce Your Best Project via Ann Kroeker (valuable writing advice for the beginning of your project)
Welcome to Friday Favorites, a round-up of great links on the web brought to you by The Contemplative Writer team — Prasanta Verma and myself.
This week, our posts begin with reflection and prayer, move to a consideration of our spiritual habits as we navigate the world of social media, and end with some writing tips. It’s been a while since we featured some really practical posts on writing, and we wanted to be sure to do that this time around. Even in the midst of a pandemic, many of us still struggle to find the time and the resources to get good writing done.
We hope you enjoy this week’s posts. Be blessed.
Praying for 100,000 via Summer Kinard (“It would take years to sing enough for one hundred thousand people”)
An Examen of the Senses via Carl McColman (a beautiful exercise based on Ignatius of Loyola’s prayer practice)
Lamentation Over Individualism via Rohadi Nagassar (lamenting, waiting, hoping, and praying together)
What Am I Actually Looking for on Social Media? via Ed Cyzewski (forming good habits and finding freedom from the relentless draw of social media)
Improve Your Writing by Getting Back to the Basics via Ann Kroeker (building the four fundamental elements of any project into your process)
Ten Questions to Ask To Find Extra Time To Write via Katharine Grubb (a super-practical list of questions to help yourself dig out some extra time to write)
Hello and welcome to Friday Favorites! This week, the links that Prasanta Verma and I chose take us from prayer and reflection through silence, a bit of church history, and the redeeming power of art. A few of these are on the long side, longer than what we usually share — one is a full-length film! But they’re worth a deep dive to bring some beauty, wonder, and joy to your day.
Enjoy, and be blessed.
Praying: An Invitation to Silence via Andō (Andō shares a meditative poem from Mary Oliver)
In Pursuit of Silence via Patrick Shen (this film on silence is screening free during this pandemic time — so restorative for the soul)
Reading Hope in Trying Times, with Parker Palmer via Writing For Your Life (Parker Palmer shares about the lessons of depression and hope)
Permission to Ponder via Chris Alford and Tracy Balzer (Balzer encourages us with the beauty of creation as seen through the lens of Celtic Christianity)
The Nuns Who Wrote Poems via Nick Ripatrazone (get a taste of some divine poetry from literary nuns)
The Soul in Paraphrase via Joy Clarkson and Matthew Rothaus Moser (in this podcast episode, Moser explores transforming love in the poetry of Dante, a wonderful guide for our pilgrimage through life)