For love that moves, filmic preaching, and Saturday night showers - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 25

For love that moves, filmic preaching, and Saturday night showers - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 25

Happy Friday, beloveds! I hope your week has been filled with opportunities for growth, rest, and creativity. Thanks for joining me for #SevenGratitudes this week. For anyone who is new, this year-long weekly series is about cultivating thanksgiving in the midst of the everyday, pausing to allow our hearts and minds to catch up with the waves of grace in our lives.

These little thanksgivings are small stabs at the shadows, the lies that would keep me from seeing the movements of God and Her beloved community. Gratitude is a practice in resistance.

I’d love to hear a gratitude from your heart! These things multiply, you know. Throw one down there in the comments if you like!

This week I am grateful for…

From these last moments at home "in between:" Seven Gratitudes, vol. 24

From these last moments at home "in between:" Seven Gratitudes, vol. 24

Today is packing day! The long-awaited move is nigh! Aaron and our dog Barkley leave tomorrow in a big moving truck for the big state of Texas. Therefore, I have much to be thankful for, and very little time to articulate it. But the moment counts. Appreciation matters—attentiveness to grace makes a difference.

Wherever you find yourself today, beloveds, I pray yours is at least one moment of tickling gratitude, the stuff that reminds us that this life is ablaze with the presence of God.  

This week I am grateful…

For Wonder Woman, Zacchaeus, & Braids - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 23

For Wonder Woman, Zacchaeus, & Braids - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 23

#SevenGratitudes is a weekly practice of thanksgiving. Several of my friends and I take a moment every Friday to search out the ways grace winds itself around our day-to-day. We share these moments in order to revel in the Reality of God’s nearness and love for each of us and, indeed, this whole creation.

Thanks for joining.

This week I am grateful...

1. For Wonder Woman.

As my friend Laura said earlier this week, I did not know how much I needed a movie like Wonder Woman until I saw it. I am thankful for the empowerment of watching a female person discover the fullness of her identity, the complexity of humankind, and just how she will respond in her god-given vocation with strength, dignity, truth, and love.

It was deeply moving, in a way that superhero legends can only be, to see a woman rise mightily to reckon with the world for the sake of the good. A woman.

For Half-A-Versaries, Angel Kisses, and Outrage - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 22

For Half-A-Versaries, Angel Kisses, and Outrage - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 22

#SevenGratitudes is a weekly practice of thanksgiving for me and several of my friends (check out their links at the bottom of this post). Glad you're here! Let's dive in.

This week I am grateful...

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For our half-year anniversary.

Because our anniversary sits amidst Thanksgiving, several birthdays, fall semester finals, and the beginning of Advent, Aaron and I like to remember our “half-a-versaries,” too. That happened this week. We have been married for three and a half years this past Tuesday.

We stepped aside together for a special lunch at the Old Salem Tavern here in town, and we talked about where we are in our marriage. We reflected upon the last six months and celebrated its gifts, challenges, growing edges, and hilarities. We noted dreams and set a few goals for the next six months. We held hands and remembered our promises and our love like it was brand new.

It sort of is brand new. Love grows and changes and unfolds. It is always new.

I am so thankful for my husband and for our marriage. I am thankful for the chance to attune ourselves to one another and to the life we share together.

For Umbrellas, Anti-Racism, & Good Pastors - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 21

For Umbrellas, Anti-Racism, & Good Pastors - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 21

Hello from the first week of summer classes! I am so thankful that you are here with me, gentle reader, during this season in my life. Grad school is absolutely nuts. When the subject of said grad school is GOD, well...it is even more nuts. And wonderful. And all-consuming. And exactly where I want to be. 

It is peculiar, this seminary thing that we do, and I count this path of theological education and spiritual formation one of the greatest gifts of my life--

If I survive this, it is going to be so worth it. It might even be worth it even if I don't, to tell you the truth. 

Thanks for being here and for cultivating gratitude with me in whatever stage of life that you find yourself. I know God's here, too, wooing and loving us both.

How about that?

Let the #SevenGratitudes roll.

This week I am grateful...