Ya… I am really happy I started doing this. Been reading a ton and feeling more connected. So much truth and inspiration just ripe for the plucking out there. Grateful to the blogosphere.
Confession #73– My Silent Half
It is always gorgeous when a writer is able to provoke the mind and the heart through a moving story. Here My Silent Half shakes at the tree of questions, ones we all must answer about our story and our spirituality.
I am Damaged Goods– Sarah Bessey
Sarah touches on something that is a continuous theme in scripture and quite prominent from pulpits everywhere- the sin of shaming. She tells her story about feeling less than after hearing a pastor talk about girls that aren’t virgins. Definitely the must read of the week.
A Tale of Two Gravitys– Kevin Shoop
This post was ridiculously relatable. He talks about two songs that resonate with two very different stages in spiritual walk. My favorite line is maybe- “For me, the song represents my longing to feel the way that praise band worship leaders feel when they are emoting breathlessly on the church stage about God’s awesomeness.”
Loneliness Can Go Straight to Hell– Andrew Whaler
In this piece, Whaler hits it out of the park and into the status quo’s face on what it means for the church to address Loneliness. I feel like this is, and maybe will always be, a fear that haunts me. It may be a fear that haunts us all. And wouldn’t it be nice to have a Church that strengthened us in that area?
Are We Really Afraid?– Julie at Incite Faith
Julie exemplifies bravery and inspires us all through her honesty in her story. In this post, she poses a challenge on us all that, one that really made me think. Are we afraid? What is fear exactly? How are you brought to that place of Fear? Once again, I am thankful to know (if only through email 😉 ) this incredible individual.
Runaway Empathy (and so much more!)
I’m Divorced– Michael Kimpan
I have had the pleasure of getting to know Michael, him and Andrew Marin stayed at my house a couple weekends ago, and I caught glimpse of this story, but I hadn’t seen his feelings fleshed out like he did in this post. All the ugly attention and rejection and the unfairness of it all. Then he turns his story into a message about empathy- his friend is gay and wishes he wasn’t. Both of them have struggled with what fairness in this life means. Very worthy read.
One Good Phrase: No Matter What- Joy Bennett
Joy Bennett is easily one of my favorite bloggers. She wrote a post on Micha Boyett’s (Mama Monk) blog about her love for her children- no matter what. This unconditional and unbelievable love reminds me so much of my own parents. Made me feel blessed, and confirmed what I thought about Joy- She is awesome.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
“At home in his hiding place under the stairs, Six squeezed his eyes shut and tried to summon God, or whatever had come to him, but it was like trying to remember a dream- the longer he thought about it, the further it receded. The preacher had said it was grace. But what was grace if it came on him like a seizure and then left him as frail and hurting as he had been before the visit?”
Six is one of the characters of the book that I am probably turning the pages of… right-this-minute. He is a fifteen-year old preacher that travels with his pastor to various revivals. His gift is the words that flow out of his mouth. His curse is he can’t control them, like a seizure. He has to grapple with all the praise that comes with how Holy he is, when he doesn’t even really believe in God. He doesn’t know how to connect with Him or if a Him exists at all.
I felt this way the other night, especially the remembering to pray like remembering a dream part. Every word that came out of my mouth felt so rehearsed and copied, and I tried my best to be honest about it, but I felt like I was going to lose His attention at any moment. I went home and read the above passage and felt a bit more normal.
The Runaway Response to
I meant to comment on this the other day. Very powerful words. I wonder how many young people feel that way–that they are faking their way through their Christian youth culture because they have to hide some part of themselves. The few people I knew who dared bravely assert themselves were often belittled or ostracized in the church where I spent my teen years. I know it’s not the same, and I don’t want to make comparisons to your situation, but I suspect pretending is very common due to the almost universal evangelical culture of viewing God as Cosmic Thought Police and having a looooong list of All the Things Good Little Evangelicals Never, Ever Do (all in the name of being “in the world and not of the world”). – Amy Mitchell, blogger behind Unchained Faith
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Have a great Thursday!