person-451713_1920It’s been a week with a lot to focus on, and our blog writers have had lots of places to put their attention as they have been writing this week.

In the US, the field of Democratic candidates for President has been winnowed (apparently) down to two. Some of our bloggers are grieving, some are digging for reasons to continue to be hopeful, and others are looking for the lessons to be learned.

Whether it’s US politics or church matters, we often stage spectacular fights and disagreements. In her blog Sandpiper’s Thoughts, Kim Matthews invites us to step back from the fighting. “If we, who are called to be the light, share only darkness with each other, then how will others come to know? To see? To love?”

For two years, Susan Wright has been living with a goal of completing 60 acts of intentional and random kindness. A recent post in her blog Fruitful Words describes the kindness of calling someone by their name. “A person’s name is to him or her the sweetest and most important sound in any language.   Dale Carnegie.”

While influenza continues to make its way through its season, the coronavirus is showing up in more and more countries. For some bloggers, this is the occasion for some reflection.

In his blog Reading Between the Lines, Derek Maul reflects on our reactions to crises of all types, from the coronavirus to the stock market. “I guess the important question is the same one Jesus had for so many people? ‘Do you believe?’ Well what kind of a question is that, Lord? Can’t you – won’t you – please just step in and take care of things for us right now, so it’s a little easier to believe?”

Jenni Ho-Huan recounts the fear and panic that causes people to strip store shelves of things they think will keep them safe… like toilet paper. In her blog To Really Live, she reflects on a more effective response to that fear. (And if you have any geeky tendencies, be sure to click the link to the YouTube video on making moonshine from toilet paper.) “Fear is resident, it dwells, stalks, lingers… and has to be cast out. The only force strong enough isn’t information – ‘we assure you there is enough’ – but the cure of that fear. That requires Love.”

For good measure, there has been a Leap Day thrown into our schedules. Some people make special plans for the day; for others the day was (in this case) Saturday.

Kathryn Fleming reflects on the extraordinary ordinariness of a Leap Day in her blog Good in Parts. “Whatever I do, surely the day can’t be just ordinary. And yet, when it arrives, that’s exactly what it is.”

And we’re a week into Lent. For some of us, our  Lenten disciplines have gone the way of New Year’s resolutions. Our bloggers continue to discover lessons in the disciplines and rhythms of the season.

Stacy Sergent in her blog Stacy N. Sergent reflects on the power of Lenten fasts (food and non-food) “to strip away something that we might be using to hide, to insulate, to distract.”

Connie Tuttle, blogging at The Gracious Heretic, invites us into a discipline of mindfulness in this Lenten season. “Let every act, even those that feel like deprivation, be an occasion for mindfulness of how we are all walking together on this planet.”

In her blog Faith in Community, Diane Roth has a moving reflection on life and death and the way that Lent brings them into clearer focus for us. “Oil and ashes, we are marked. We are born and we die. We die, and we are born again.”

These are just a few of almost 150 new blog posts just this week from members of the RevGals blogging community. Please visit them and leave a Like or a comment so the bloggers will know that you appreciate their work.

Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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