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Tuesdays Artful Response

Tuesdays Artful Response

Photography, poem, poems, Poetry, poetry reading, sabbath, Uncategorized
Sometimes, there is either no time or no energy to do the things that I aspire to do. So, this week, I have no art. For two weeks running, I have not had/taken the time on Mondays to create. Mondays are my set aside day for Sabbath. In general, I try to participate in life-giving activities on Mondays. Visiting my therapist/spiritual director, creating art, Bible study. and such. Even as I typed that, I realized it isn't true! My entire last week was full of Bible study, word study, and appreciating creation. I took some photos. And don't we know that photography is an art? So, I'll share them here a bit. Last week, I was Camp Pastor for a church camp of senior high students. It was busy. Basically 7 messages in 7 days (and preparing a sermon upon my return). So...plen...
Looking for a Place to Belong

Looking for a Place to Belong

Challenge, Change, Christianity, Church, community, Grace, Grief, Healing, Hope, humor, inclusive, Longing, praying with poetry, Rituals, sabbath, solitude, spiritual practices, Spirituality
I seek sacred space. I need sanctuary. I crave community. There was a time I believed I could find all those things in church. It's been a long time since I've tried, and I'm not sure why. I picked up a book a few weeks ago called Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe for my Amazon Kindle. I've been reading books like this lately trying to figure out what it is that's keeping me from going back. Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church and Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing are helping me not by giving me the answers I'm looking for, but by reminding me that I'm not alone with my questions. Rachel Held Evans and Reba Riley are millennials by age, but I find I have more in common with them than I would expect as I'm almo...
Rites of passage, ritual of return, sabbath, Sabbatical, Sacred Writing, solitide, solitude, spiritual practice, Waiting, way of life, Wholeness, Wilderness
"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."--Aristotle "I'm not anti-social; I'm pro-solitude."--Beth Buelow "We live, in fact,  in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."--C. S. Lewis "One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude."--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I've been spending a lot of time alone lately. Even though I'm really high on the introvert scale, I've always equated excessive time alone with loneliness. It's only been recently that I've understood that being alone is vital to my well-being. I didn't realize that inspiration is easier to allow in solitude. I didn't realize that I can hear myself think more clearly when I sit alone and quietly.