Monthly Archives: July 2022
CPH put out a new release this month: Grace Under Pressure: Responding Faithfully to Stress by Christopher Kennedy. That sounds like a great topic! Has anyone read it? At only 144-pages, I’m more than a little curious.
I think I mentioned that I had “conference” last week. I’m an LCMS deaconess and member of Concordia Deaconess Conference. Conference, then, as both an organization and an annual get together, is a great to hone myself and fellowship & support other deaconesses who share a quia subscription to the Confessions and a CDC code of ethics with me. Anyway, in addition to awesome professional development and truly beautiful liturgical spiritual care, there are vendors and stuff, leading me to remind you of the existence of GOOD NEWS. 🙂
(No idea why this failed to post 7/19 so I rescheduled it for today.) I ran across a blog called Failing Pastor that I’m sharing today. I don’t know who is behind it, or even whether he is Lutheran or not, but my heart really goes out to him and, frankly, to all who have borne heavy burdens in the Office of the Holy Ministry.
So today can we say an extra prayer for our pastors and for all pastors, and, yep, even those who were pastors?
I’m someone pretty thrilled that my children are growing up. Still, sometimes it’s hard. Like when I want to order this Wooden Baptism Candle but I know my kids wouldn’t appreciate it anymore! <Sniff, sniff>
Ok, so this book isn’t especially Lutheran, but how cool is this?! Julie Andrews has joined another author to tell the story of The First Notes: The Story of Do, Re, Mi!!!
I seem to be on a pastoral kick. 🙂 Here’s a link to a short story about pastoral care from Lutheran writer, poet, pastor, and blogger Garrick Sinclair Beckett.
I saw a recent recommendation that seemed timely. It was for Dr. Darrell Zimmerman’s book, Reclaiming the Joy of Ministry: The Grace Place Way to Clergy Wellness. (Dr. Zimmerman works for LCEF/Grace Place Retreat Ministries.)
Next week I’m off to my annual deaconess conference! Yay! Ned & the “Grandma-Campers” will stay in town, but I’ll be off for rest & vocational stimulation! There, I’ve been asked to facilitate one of our rest breakout periods. Though I’ve put together a list & writing prompts already, any suggestions for poetry for the Concordia Deaconess Conference? 😀