Actually, Advent not a big deal. I mean it depends on what you think a big deal is. If you're comparing it to the "big deals" of Christmas gifts to buy, Christmas events to attend, Christmas traditions to uphold... It is not that kind of a big deal. It is a wonderfully quiet, secretively radiant, … [Read More...]
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Almost all of my prayers right now seem to end with these two searching words: “Lord, help.” “Lord, help,” might sound desperate, but God can handle desperation. He can do something with despair. He just can’t do as much with its opposite: the buttoned-up and the … [Read More...]
Have you taken a walk through the leaves yet? Consider this your friendly reminder to do so. (Unless of course you're one of my southern hemisphere, arctic, equatorial, or Montana(!) readers. Sorry.) At the risk of sounding like a positive-thinking life coach or ethereal breathing instructor, I … [Read More...]
"How was your weekend?" "Good." "How's work going?" "Fine." "How's your friend, so-and-so?" "Oh, he's great. Yeah, just great." Sounds familiar, right? Isn't that pretty much the sum of 95% of our in-passing conversations? I'll let you in on a little secret: Sometimes, … [Read More...]
Today I'm just trying something new: sharing a few of my thoughts (from a conversation earlier today) in an audio post! Just 9:51 for your listening enjoyment. xoxo Jocelyn … [Read More...]
The great sociologist of religion, Max Weber, placed the religious life between the poles of charisma and routine, between the spontaneous, excited outpouring of new life in the spirit and the dogged institutionalization of truth in everyday responsibilities. The mature life of faith is … [Read More...]