lament & community

26 . October . 2012

words seem offensive on the page in such a
time of grief and tragedy.

as we collectively put one foot in front of the
other today, a few scriptures/words come to mind
as we process and pray for the
family on w 75th, the nanny,
the community, ps87 community,
our communities and our children:

lament = mourning, expressing deep grieving

we grieve.
and ultimately we hope.

Psalms of (community) lament:
12, 44, 60, 74, 79, 80, 83, 85, 90, 94, 123, 126, 129

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.
-Isaiah 40:1, 10, 11 ESV

‘shared grief isolates the sharers from each other. though united in
that we are grieving, we grieve differently…They dynamics of each
person’s sorrow must be allowed to work themselves out without judgment.
I may find it strange that you should be tearful today but dry-eyed
yesterday when my tears were yesterday.’
– nicholas wolterstorff, ‘lament for a son’. eerdmans, 1987.

may Christ comfort us today, deep in our hearts,
may our presence together bring Christ’s comfort to the
sidewalks and playgrounds today & always,

with sobs and with sober hope in Christ,



25 . October . 2012

i know we’re all barely breathing tonight.

as our hearts are rent open
for the neighborhood family on w75th st
who have suffered unimaginable tragedy,

and stacy recently pointed me to
2 corinthians 1:5

‘for as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings,
so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.’

and reminded me that
as we live in this world,
we suffer loss…

and our hearts groan,

but Jesus comforts us.

and then gives us the
inestimable privilege
of comforting each other.

weeping on 70th,


17 . October . 2012

a shout out on today:


new city catechism

10 . October . 2012

joint adult + children’s catechism?

sign. us. up!! – ipad app – free download

parenting seminar on nov 9th

6 . October . 2012

please join patricia & i for a
parenting seminar

section 1: teaching kids to listen & follow instructions
section 2: correction ideas that touch the heart
section 3: a toolbox of consequences
section 4: ending discipline times with impact

paying attention

7 . August . 2012

paying attention in a distracted world:
it’s like bringing a gun to a knife fight.

– james shelley


i lurve him.

. jude emmanuel .

2 . August . 2012

it’s all i can do to not hop on
a plane this very minute,
point to the pilot and say,
take me to cali! stat!

Jude Emmanuel Cassity
30 august 2012
8 lbs 11 oz
21 inches

justin! anita! jude!

big brother joshua xo

look at him!!
swoon. sigh. cry.

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
psalm 103

we *love* you…