28 . November . 2012

“Genius is knowing who to ask.”
– David Plant



on responsibility

7 . November . 2012

preparing to teach my first
biblical parenting seminar
friday night with patricia,
and this is what i’m
working with today:

Responsibility is completing a job without being reminded.

Responsibility reports back when the job is done.

Responsibility is the ability to stick to a job without having someone prodding you.

Responsibility abides by family values even when no one is watching.

Responsibility considers the intent of the request and does a thorough job.

on loss & on hope

5 . November . 2012

my friend, regan, wrote this
for her church newsletter
in her hometown in alabama.

i’m so proud of her.

. . . . .

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you,
and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

At Christmastime, I tend to embrace the joys of tradition,
such as decorating my home, shopping for presents, and
helping my Grandmother prepare our annual Christmas feast.
Although I love these rituals, at times I exhaust myself
obsessing over the details. By claiming my attention and time,
these traditions can become an escape from the burden
of loss that I often feel during this season. However,
when I take a moment each day to ask the Lord to prepare my heart
for the true weight of the gift He has given me, I realize
that He has already filled my heart with joy in place of the loss—for this
baby we celebrate at Christmas has taken my sorrows upon Himself.
Christ came not to be served, but to serve, and to conquer death
so that I only experience the shadow of death, the shadow of loss.
The traditions of Christmas are comforting and meaningful,
and I look forward to them each year, but they cannot sustain me
during this busy season. So I reflect on the beautiful gift
of God’s son and respond with joyful thanks.

. . . . .

loveyou,regs xo

the twin sisters of the psalms

2 . November . 2012

my opening notes for
west side women
bible study this morning,

‘The first language of the church in a
deeply broken world is not strategy, but prayer.

‘We are called to learn the anguished cry of lament.

‘Lament is the cry of Martin Luther King Jr from his
kitchen table in Montgomery after hearing yet another death threat,
“Lord I’m down here trying to do what is right…But Lord
I must confess that I’m weak now, I’m faltering, I’m losing my courage.
Now I am afraid. I’m at the end of my powers. I have nothing left.
I’ve come to the point where I can’t face it alone’

‘It wasn’t a cry of isolation but rather a tradition King
had learned from generations of African American families
who were literally torn apart by slavery. The cry of lament had
been passed down to him in the music of the Christian spiritual,

‘sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long way from home.
sometimes I feel like I’m almost gone, a long way form home.’

‘Lament is the cry of the psalmist of Israel in exile who,
feeling abandoned by God, demanded, ‘Where are you Lord?’
or the psalmists who were bothered by God’s remarkably bad sense of timing,
‘Why are you taking so long? The poor are being crushed.
The wicked are winning. Don’t you see it?”

‘The twin sisters of Psalms are prayers of praise and lament.
They are always walking hand in hand,
sometimes singing, sometimes crying.

‘Lament is not despair, it is not whining. It is a cry into a void.
Lament is a cry directed to God. It is the cry of those who week
the truth of the world’s deep wounds and the cost of seeking peace.
It is the prayer of those who are deeply disturbed by the way things are.
We are enjoined to learn and see and feel what the psalmists see and feel
and to join our prayers with theirs.

‘The journey of reconciliation is grounded in the practice of lament.’

-Emmanuel Katongole & Chris Rice, reconciling all things

so grateful for the women gathered
and the prayers & candor shared.

to God be the glory.