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)
This is a wonderful season in the year and in the life of the Church. We recently rang in the New Year, and on Monday we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. Epiphany ushers in an entire season that lasts until Ash Wednesday.
For this week’s Friday Favorites, Prasanta Verma and I are including posts about the New Year and the season of Epiphany, as well as some good resources for reading and writing to kick 2020 into high gear.
Wishing each one of you a blessed season!
New Year, Same Past via Cassidy Hall (the new year may not bring sudden joy, but it does bring the miracle of being)
A New Year’s Prayer for Nearly Everyone via James Martin, S. J. (how to do an annual examen on the model of St. Ignatius of Loyola)
What is the Season of Epiphany? via Daniel McDonald (learn about how Epiphany is more than just one day and how it ushers us into God’s story)
The Day of Epiphany Is Here! via Emily Huff (the Epiphany tradition of chalking and blessing the home)
7 Simple Ways to Read More This Year via Anne Bogel (tips and strategies if you’re resolved to read more in the new year)
How to Gather Momentum When Your Writing’s at a Standstill via Ann Kroeker (how to rev up your engines if your writing projects stalled over the holidays)
Our Advent theme continues as Prasanta Verma and I bring you poems, essays, and resources for this season of anticipation. May you be filled with hope as we await the coming of the savior.
Can I Find Time to Pray While I Travel? via Ed Cyzewski (do your spiritual practices fall into chaos when you travel? Read this…)
When We Adorn the Dark via Abby King (when Christmas doesn’t look like it’s “supposed” to)
Love Hates via Amy Julia Becker (what does Mary’s song, the Magnificat, tell us about Advent?)
Observing Advent Makes Me Feel Less Alone via Charlotte Donlon (on reminding ourselves that even in suffering, our story is part of a larger one)
Seven Advent Practices to Find Quiet in the Bustle via Diana Gruver (some practical steps to cultivate an Advent spirit)
Good News via Michael Card (an Advent reflection)
Incarnational via Jennie Cesario (what the movie The Man Who Invented Christmas can teach us about both the Incarnation and the human creative process)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! Our Advent theme continues as Prasanta Verma and I bring you poems, essays, and resources for this season of anticipation. Read and be blessed.
The Image Advent Calendar via Image Journal (a daily reflection, piece of visual art, music, or other resource to accompany you through the season)
Perseverance * An Advent Epistle via Alicia Akins (a letter to encourage us as we wait and run)
Advent: Waiting in Hope: What Are YOU Waiting For? via Bob Toohey (why do we get so impatient in everyday situations like traffic lights? Advent may hold an answer)
Joseph via Mary-Patrice Woehling (an Advent poem)
We Are No Longer Alone: Do Not Forget You Are Loved via Emily Polis Gibson (a visual and poetic reflection)
Happy Birthday, Encountering Silence (the Encountering Silence podcast looks back over its first two years)
Sunday, December 1 marked the first day of the Advent season. For the next three weeks, Prasanta Verma and I want to provide some lovely links to nourish you during this season of anticipation, of waiting, of darkness pierced with the glimmering of light.
With this in mind, below you will find links to prayers, poetry, resources, reflections, and writing tips for the Advent season.
Be blessed as you await the coming of the light.
A Litany for the First Week of Advent via Christine Sine (welcome Advent with this prayer of supplication)
Surprised by Advent via Jen Pollock Michel (the first in a series of Advent audio reflections)
No Country for Two Kings via Leslie Leyland Fields (this is Leslie’s first Christmas poem in 20 years—she’s tried, but nothing…until now)
Advent–Waiting via Jody Lee Collins (a poem for Advent)
Advent Companions: The Books And Music I Love In The Season Of Waiting via Sarah Clarkson (we love this list of Advent resources)
Do You Have a Holiday Writing Plan? via Rachelle Gardner (some tips for surviving and thriving as a writer during this season)
With love to you,
Lisa and Prasanta
Welcome, friends, to Friday Favorites! Each week, Prasanta Verma and I round up our favorite links related to prayer, spirituality, and writing. We hope it will enrich your life and help you to find the best the web has to offer.
Read, enjoy, and be blessed.
Gratitude in a Time of Drought via Norann Voll (gratitude turns the little we have in this moment into enough for today)
How to Have a Slow Christmas in a Hurry Up World via Shelly Miller (join the Slow Christmas community this year)
Welcome to the Playroom via Ray Hollenbach (“you don’t need to be perfect to live here”)
First Sunday via Sally Thomas (prepare for the season with this Advent poem)
“Chasin’ Wild Horses” via Bruce Springsteen (from Springsteen’s 2019 album, Western Stars)
Sparrows, Breath, Memory: On Writing and Identity via Catherine DiMercurio (“I think of every word I have ever written . . . as an attempt to understand identity and allow it to sing”)