I’ve got a warm cat in my lap, leaning heavily on a thigh bone, reaching out one paw to the wallet sitting on the table beside me to fiddle with the zipper. His days are filled with naps and watching the birds and eating food and the occasional attack of the zoomies.
It would be simpler, I sometimes think, to be Lord Peter Wimsey (the cat), and not have to stop myself from being consumed by news headlines and worries. But as much as he delights in the sight of a bird out the window or revels in the chase of a squirrel from window to window, Lord Peter’s understanding of the beauty and tragedy of this world is limited to what can fit between his pointy ears. Hard as this world can be, it can also be wonderful—and while I’m glad to have cats and dogs and baby goats to enjoy in it, I’m also glad to be fearfully and wonderfully made, carrying the imago dei and light and hope for the Kingdom.
Around the Web
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
Janie at Redeemed Reader introduces a book of maps!
- Prisoners of Geography helps kids understand how natural features shape history and economics.
Should Parents Talk to Their Kids about Scary World Events?
It’s hard to know how to handle sharing with our kids the hard things that go on in our world. Here are some thoughts from Annette Griffin.
- As much as we desire to protect our children from the harsh realities of the world, there’s no denying scary things happen. Over the past few years, reports of natural disasters, the global health crisis, school shootings, violence, and wars have filled the airwaves. And with one tap of a screen, our children gain unlimited access to information and misinformation about these events on a regular basis.
Don’t Waste Your Experience
Jonathan Rogers explores what it means to understand ourselves and our experiences by writing them out.
- In the forums of The Habit Membership, Carey Christian recently posted an essay she had written about her experience as a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. She survived by hiding with classmates in a locked and darkened office for three hours.
The heart of the essay, however, is not those three hours of immediate peril, but the fifteen years after.
The Indispensible, Enduring, and Intervening Work of the Spirit
Alice Kim looks at a final word Jesus had for his followers.
- The disciples had waited their entire lives for this moment. They envisioned Jesus as the fulfillment of the promised king who would rescue them from their oppressive pagan government and establish a kingdom where they would assume roles of prominence (Mt. 20:21, Mk.10:37). So, when they heard Jesus say he would leave them, they were deeply discouraged and disturbed.
Around the Warren
Kisses in Finmark
Isabel Chenot looks at the most magical potentiality of life.
- One of the best ways to practice any discipline is to imitate the work of a master. (This is true when it comes to discipleship, too.)
The King’s Feast | Elizabeth Harwell
Théa Rosenburg reviews a picture book exploring communion.
- “We’re meeting in the office after the service, right?” This from an elder who caught up with me before church.
Ah! Were we? I had lost the thread of an email exchange between our family and our church leadership, and—I’m not proud of it—completely forgotten that today was the day our youngest daughter had her “coming to table” interview.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need some fun ideas to celebrate early spring around your house? (Or hope for it if you’re further north?) Here’s a whole activity calendar for you.
Something to Watch
I encountered this channel this week—the Ten Minute Bible Hour. I really enjoyed the videos I watched. Here’s his initial introduction to the Bible.
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