Friday Festival: Temptation and More

A stained and battered alb has at Diane Roth at Faith in Community thinking about the temptation to keep our true selves hidden.  A misadventure with a pen and the washing machine left her “new” alb with looking worse than ever.  “I briefly considered wearing the alb anyway, on Ash Wednesday.  If you see it,… Read More

Friday Festival: Anniversaries and Special Days

Several of the bloggers in the RevGalBlogPals community have been reflecting on the passage of time, and the way we mark it with anniversaries and commemorations of special days. Here’s a sampling. In Everyday Thinking, Maria Tafoya thinks about the meaning of the pearls her father had given her mother as a 25th anniversary gift.… Read More

Friday Festival: Gifts in Surprising Places

January is a hard month to love, especially in the Northern United States where I live.  Our friends in the Southern Hemisphere may be loving life these days, but January takes a toll here.  Our bloggers, in different locations, are finding unexpected gifts this week, and they share their discoveries with us. Living up to… Read More

Friday Festival ~ Happy New Year Edition!

The New Year is not exactly creeping in on little cat feet.  Celebrations, vacations, new church officers and endeavors, magi, baptism, frigid weather and wild snowstorms bring much of the northern hemisphere to a halt.  There must be something to write about, yes? Rachel Hackenberg starts us off with a New Year’s Eve poem/prayer and… Read More

Friday Festival: The Light

In my church, our vision for 2018 focuses on how we can share the light of Christ to our neighbors.  This theme stood out to me as I was reading some of RevGal friends’ posts from the past few days: +++ In her post “Reflection,” Joy Freeman asks us to gaze at the a photograph… Read More

Friday Festival: Christmas Joy

With all the strains of the world, with all the stresses of extra Advent/Christmas church events & worship services & family get-togethers & present-shopping, with all the ghosts of past expectations & all the spirits of current nail-biting hopes, the proximity of Christmas dares to proclaim something radically different: JOY! JOY: “a whisper, a hint.… Read More

Friday Festival: Advent Thoughts

Our bloggers are delving deeply into Advent’s work.  They’re writing about the bottomless  practice of watching and waiting for God’s presence to be born into the world again. At An Unfinished Symphony, Deb Vaughn invites:  The empty chair at the fireplace edge beckoned welcomed invited me.  “Come and sit” “Come and listen” “Come and just BE” And… Read More