Once upon a time (as in, two years ago), I intended to write about book about the impact of place & space on faith. I might still write it, but in the meantime, I certainly continue to pay attention to it.

Members of the RevGalBlogPals blogging ring are reflecting on places and spaces, too. Perhaps some of their recent posts will resonate with where you are — in body, mind, or spirit:

+ On the movement between here and there, Maren of Gifts in Open Hands writes a lyrical poem that will especially delight Tolkien fans:
“A great good thing about books
is reading about there
while staying comfortably
in the back again …”

+ On the space of waiting, Susannah of Tea and Theology writes, “my prayer for you today is that when you are tired of waiting and feeling frustration you will pray for the person [on whom you’re waiting] and offer them grace because we all make mistakes and we all need grace.”

+ On that dreaded space of stuckness, Michelle of Life in the Labyrinth offers this twist and reminder, “stuck can also be a state of permanence – something that transcends the current moment … The embrace of someone we love before they go away.  Or a space that has suddenly became holy.”

+ An important place has just opened in Montgomery, Alabama: The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Reflecting on the Memorial, Kathy of God of the Sparrow writes, “Nothing casts as long and shameful a shadow on our history than does lynching.”

+ On grounding ourselves in place & space, Kim of Sandpiper’s Thoughts reflects in poetry:
“When God can’t be heard in the noise of your heart
and mind,
turn to the world around you,
and hear the deafening praise.

9a347-treetangleWhere are you these days, friends? How are you in where you are? If you’ve blogged about place & space, share your link in the comments!

And be sure to drop a note to these bloggers if their writing has resonated with you.


Rachel G. Hackenberg lives in a space known as Cleveland, Ohio. She has a habit of taking up space with written words: online and in ink.


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2 thoughts on “Friday Festival: Places & Spaces

  1. Thank you so much, Rachel, for including me! That discussion of place and journey is actually my project next October when I am a scholar in residence in Aotearoa at the amazing Vaughan Park Retreat Center. I may pump you for some of your reflections.

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