The End is Near
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I’ve had a really busy year–well, 18 months. And I’m suddenly at a moment where I feel like I can breathe, a bit. And there’s a part of me that doesn’t know what to do. I want to do all the things, but I also want to do nothing whatsoever. I feel like Sabbath rest is somewhere between the two. It’s recognizing that God is my sustainer and I do not have to strive, but also working–doing–in joyful response to his provision. I have friends taking a sabbatical this year, and I’m watching their journey as they travel the US (see the video below for a glimpse at their life on the road this summer). They are drinking in God’s goodness and his world–and that is definitely worth doing.
Around the Web
The Foolishness of Faithfulness
Lore Wilbert explores what it means to live in the foolishness of the world.
- I have been thinking about I Corinthians lately and the “foolishness of the world.” The thing is, so much of my life and yours, probably, doesn’t look foolish to the world. Not really. Most of us live in snug homes with half-decent furniture and Apple TV and our choice of choice meat cuts at the grocery store. Even those who live paycheck to paycheck or who are in the quadruple plus digits of debt still look sane to the world. Normal. So what is it, I’m wondering, that sets a Christian apart? What looks foolish but is actually borne of great faith?
Native American Folk Tales – Written by Native Authors
Erica at What Do We Do All Day? has a great list of folk tales written by those from within the Native American community.
- I’m continuing my folktale picture book series with Native American stories. Although I titled this list “Native American folktales,” I believe it would be more correct to say “traditional stories” (you can correct me in the comments); I have also limited this list to North America (excluding Mexico).
Rachel Alexander considers time and eternity.
- There was, on the wall of my living room, a clock that was fairly large. At least it was large to me as I was just a little girl. It sat on the wall ticking away in continued stillness whether or not I was sitting in front of it or running through the house. And everyday, a few times a day, it would ding and dong and ring out a song that I can remember to this day. It was loud and the sounds rung through my ears and around the room, and never failed to tell me what time it was. Sometimes it told me it was evening and sometimes it rang out the sounds of morning. It was a reliable presence in my childhood home, singing out the song of time in my younger days.
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Child of Eternity
Andrew Senior looks at the mystery of existence.
- When I was young – preteen – without the distractions of responsibility and expectation that come with adult life, I found myself from time to time dwelling on the mystery of why I existed. How had I become a person? Why did I look like I did? Why did anyone look like they did? Where was I before I existed? If God made me, how did God get there? What was beyond God? How could he exist outside of time? For a few moments nothing and no one around me seemed real. It felt like what I imagine an out of body experience to be. It is not a sensation that I’ve had since as an adult.
Real Poems for Real Moms
Kelly Keller recommends Rachel S. Donahue’s poetry book for mom’s in the trenches.
- Every mom has had the thought: How do they always know when I’m in the bathroom?
With surprising regularity, children seek out those moments that their mothers find alone in the restroom, and like tiny heat-seeking missles, they target the bathroom door with their miniature fists. “MOOOM!” comes the call from outside, along with any number of upsetting crashing sounds. I would wager that this is a universal phenomenon, happening at every second in countless locations around the world.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Single player logic games are a great way keep kids engaged and thinking as they play. Invasion of the Cow Snatchers is one such game.
Something to Watch
My friends are spending the year traveling in a retrofitted bus as they take a sabbatical after living in Asia for many years. It looks like fun–and also a challenge. But this is a family that knows how to look for beauty in the everyday, as evidenced by this video of the first month of their experience.