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The Community of an Untidy Calling

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Acts 9:1-22
I once read a very helpful parenting book that suggested you identify your particular weakness, your problem that could trip you up as a parent of a preschooler.   As I read through the various descriptions, I recognized right away that my key weakness was: the need to be right. 
It has always been part of me – I can’t stand people thinking something is true which clearly isn’t, I have a compulsion to correct misinformation when I overhear it in someone else’s conversation and bad grammar when it’s in my own conversations, my husband taunts me by purposely (or accidentally??) singing lyrics wrong, and the worst thing for me is when someone thinks something about me, my motives or my actions, which is not true. 
As a parent this means I can get into some ridiculous arguments and battles of will because I wont just let something hang out there that is, in my opinion, wrong.  And I can be a little defensive, and a little quick to lecture, a little too prone to “I told you s…

To Everything its Season: Shopping Redeemed

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I was in Target last month when the red-shirted, khaki crew was setting up the final touches on their Halloween display, and next to them I saw this:

And while I was partly sickened by the timing, I had a rush of excitement, because I suddenly remembered last year.  And I decided that very moment, that of course, I am doing it again!

Last year, I found an pre-Advent practice, a way to Sabbath in the season. And I loved it.
My practice reminds me of what a Jewish friend once described as Friday's market hustle and bustle and preparing the Shabbat meal and gathering the family and setting the table, so that when the sun goes down and Sabbath begins, you are ready.  It's a timing thing, the joy-filled work before the rest - a way that I created to help myself be as fully present as I am able to be in what I truly care about.

The Halloween retail season is in full force now, and that means just a week or two before my practice begins.  My preparation for the waiting, my nesting …