Welcome back to Friday Favorites! We hope this Friday finds you enjoying the birth of spring and clinging to the promise of resurrection in all things. Enjoy these posts and podcasts as part of your reading and reflection time.
Lisa and Prasanta
Pietà via Matt Schultz (a poem)
Thank God for the Poets via Margaret Renkl (poetry reminds us that life is our birthright…read this opinion piece for the many links to wonderful poems)
Bray & Keane: A Primer on The Book of Common Prayer via The Laymen’s Lounge (a podcast episode providing an introduction, overview, and step-by-step guide)
Making Space for Each Other’s Grief via Michelle Reyes (grief can bind us together if we resist the urge to judge how others grieve)
A Specific Love via Courtney Ellis (finding love–and God’s love–in the small and specific)
How Does an Introvert Emerge from a Pandemic? via Afton Rorvik (an introvert’s guide to venturing out once again)
Welcome to Friday Favorites! As we prepare for Thanksgiving (here in the U.S.), Prasanta and I recommend these posts on giving thanks, prayer, creativity, and grief. Wait a minute – grief? Yes, amid the thanks and hope, we also remember the many people we’ve lost in the pandemic. Grief, hope, and thanks go hand in hand this year.
We’ll be on break next week — see you again in two weeks.
Meanwhile, we’re thankful for each one of you! Be blessed this Thanksgiving.
Love, Prasanta and Lisa
Thanksgiving; a Sonnet via Malcolm Guite (the English poet writes a sonnet for his American friends)
We Need Your Positive Thoughts and Prayers via April Yamasaki (a selection of thoughts and prayers we actually need)
A Nonet for Morning Prayer via James Laurence (a nonet poem for your morning)
On the Last Day of Class… via Hannah P. Keller (a prayer for students as they leave campus and head home)
How do we grieve the hundreds of thousands of people the COVID-19 pandemic has killed? via Reggie Williams (five writers weigh in on grief for Christian Century magazine)
Making Art in the Midst of Crisis: Pandemic and Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle” via Sarah Sanderson (remembering your identity as an artist/writer during chaotic and unproductive times)
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)