Friday Festival imageAt the end of a week full of media input, a busy work schedule juggling tasks even more varied than usual, and with a day off full of appointments ahead, I’m mindful of the spaces we inhabit. Sometimes we have control over our own environments, but more often not. This week, our bloggers take us to the spaces they have inhabited.

Laurie Brock hears about a football player’s injury and writes,

I thought about his parents and their worry, probably catching in their voices even as they tell him all of this will be okay. I thought of the coaches and all the second-guessing that is almost inevitably part of being indirectly involved in a tragic life-changing moment. What if, why did, did we…all of that fills the room, fills the souls of those who are reminded that life is so very random, so very not as much in our control as we always want to believe.

I’ve been in that room

Read the rest of In That Room at her blog.

BlogPal Tripp Hudgins shares,

Six months ago, I was released from a mental health recovery facility in Alameda Co., CA. This is a post about a few of the successes and setbacks I have experienced since then. It’s a short list. Six months is a long time and yet…well, I feel like I was just released yesterday.

Read about the importance of questions, and candor, and meds, and sleep, and the possibility it may all happen again, in Six Months Since.

As Kathy Manis Findley recovers from her kidney transplant, she confesses,

Today, I am so aware that if I could just cry, the hard time I am going through would feel easier. If I could cry, my tears would cleanse my heart and help minimize my physical, emotional and spiritual pain. If I could just let my tears fall, I would be reclaiming my power.

Read “I can do this hard thing!” at her blog.

On holiday, Nikki Macdonald had time for writing poetry.

Martha, on the Death of Lazarus

She cannot throw his shoes away
and runs her thumb along the grooves –
perhaps he’ll need them back one day?

Read the full poem and learn what a villanelle is here.

What are you reading this week? What spaces are you inhabiting? Leave a comment below and tell us.

Martha Spong is executive director of RevGalBlogPals and a clergy coach. She is co-author of Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith), with Rachel Hackenberg, and editor of There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of essays by members of the RevGalBlogPals community, as well as the forthcoming The Words of Her Mouth: Psalms for the Struggle. 

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