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For Advent's approach, our anniversary, & completed drafts - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 48

For Advent's approach, our anniversary, & completed drafts - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 48

This week I am grateful...

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For communion, contemplation, and contemplating communion.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal welcomed me to the table on Sunday morning, Christ the King Sunday. The meal warmed my belly and buzzed my mind. How overwhelming is God’s grace sometimes! It often is a gentle hand on the shoulder or the faintest whisper of fond greetings. But Sunday it was a radiating pulse of re-orientating love. It was a welcome home. Again.

The next day I sat to do some major work on my school capstone project, musing for hours on the topic of cosmic communion and praying with the nature of matter (which is a story I hope to tell soon!). Several things became clear, and I will share two of those things here.

First, I love, love, love communion. The more I think about the practice and experience it in my body with the gathered community of faith, the deeper the thing becomes, the more encompassing and transformative, the more the truth of it dwells in me, making me a citizen of God’s reality.

Second, contemplating the ways God dwells deeply in and with the ever-unfolding creation gives me life—it makes me alive.

I love God, I love creation, and I love to think. It is grace—an unexpected and utterly free gift—when God meets me in the communion of it all. 

For Thrift Stores and Everything - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 43

For Thrift Stores and Everything - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 43

After a wonderful long weekend at home with my husband in Dallas, TX, I return to the rhythmic trudge toward completing my work at Wake Forest School of Divinity. This is the beginning of the final push, I think, which makes me feel nervous and excited all at once. There is much to do. Much to do. And yet, herein seeps quiet moments for gratitude, for reflection, for mourning a season’s near close, and for celebrating new hopes for what comes after.

Thank you for being with me in this particular space, for entwining your journey with mine.

This week I am grateful…

For Backcountry Wedding Planning, Surprise Ashings, & Juniper Fox - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 9

For Backcountry Wedding Planning, Surprise Ashings, & Juniper Fox - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 9

Welcome to Seven Gratitudes, vol. 9!

Seven Gratitudes is a weekly spiritual practice for me and several of my friends. My intention is that by carefully considering and joyfully sharing my thanksgivings, I might be moved to a deeper sense of God’s pervasive presence in the world and, also, my place in it.

I am happy to meet you here, too. 

There’s a lot in the world that would keep us from rehearsing our gratitude, friends. I celebrate, however, your presence and the chorus we make for praise, no matter what.

This week I am grateful for...

In No Particular Order: Pizza, Multiple Conversations, & Sex - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 7

In No Particular Order: Pizza, Multiple Conversations, & Sex - Seven Gratitudes, vol. 7

A spiritual practice is an activity through which we engage God, self, and creation that deepens our awareness of liberation and communion. It truly is practice, practice in loving God, self, and other.

We practice anything we care about, you know.

Seven Gratitudes is a weekly spiritual practice for me and several of my friends. My intention is that by carefully considering and joyfully sharing my thanksgivings, I might be moved to a deeper sense of God’s pervasive presence in the world and, also, my place in it.

I was dearly hoping to meet you here, too.

There’s a lot in the world that would keep us from rehearsing our gratitude, friends. I celebrate, however, your presence and the chorus we make for praise, no matter what.

Thanks for being here. 

This week I am grateful for...

Valentine's Resistance

Valentine's Resistance

I heart Valentine’s Day.

I mean, what is there not to dig about a day in which it is socially acceptable to just freakin’ love on everybody? Because that is really what Valentine’s Day is about, even in the secular sense. In kindergarten we swapped hearts with EVERYONE, don’t you remember? There’s a reason for that. Valentine’s Day is for lovers—that is, for people who love, period.

This is especially true for Christians.

Meet brother Valentine, beloveds…