I am so frustrated to be spending Holy Week at home, but I may just drown my sorrows in poetry. I’ve already mentioned my idea of collecting Lutheran pandemic poetry, possibly even putting it into an ebook—no physical delivery required—and now I’ve created another Facebook group: Lutheran Pandemic Poetry.
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I am really, really thankful I got to talk with my sister last night. She lives in Australia and I miss her, of course, but I am so glad that her area is handling the situation so well.
We talked about all sorts of things, including how we seem to be even busier than normal even though we’ve canceled appointments, stopped leaving the house, etc. We talked about what it’s like when the ones who cook stop doing the grocery shopping, and how thankful we are for our husbands, who are as faithful and understanding as can be. 🙂 And how chickens are going for nearly $85 Australian because people want eggs so much!
Anyway, I know this isn’t the most writer-y of posts. I just wanted to stop for a second—pause, really—to give thanks for what we still have.
I doubt it’s a coincidence that God’s decided some home-time is in order, as well as more family time (at least for those who can), more meals at home, some reevaluation of priorities, perhaps, etc.
And—this is petty. Am I allowed to be petty with you?—but maybe we’ll even be more modest coming out of this! I foresee fewer bikinis this summer, that’s for sure! It sure is tempting to comfort eat!
Though I’d far rather be able to receive God’s gifts at church, at least we still have so much good we can be thankful for. Thanks be to God!
My public service announcement for today: Find all those books you’ve borrowed from your friends, family, and congregational library. READ THEM! 🙂 Then put them in their own pile for the moment when you can finally return them.
How did I not know about St. Patrick’s Confession?! Why isn’t this required reading in Lutheran schools and Sunday schools?! I strongly encourage you to read it. Twice. Once as a Christian, hearing from a brother in the past. (He lived around 386 AD to 461 AD.) Then read it again as a Christian writer, who could tremble to pen God’s truth yet hope to in service toward others. Outstanding. It’s online here.
I suspect this is yet another example of how a confession may be of man but it is of God also.
And now I’ll get back to my reading it. 🙂
Stay safe! Christ’s peace be yours!
I went to the store yesterday to get yeast. I think some therapeutic baking is in my future and I don’t want it all to be brownies and cookies. 🙂 So, while honestly I’d love to lose myself in a book for about three weeks right now, I’m going to encourage you to do something besides hide. Something that can give you a little lift.
I love puns. I can’t help it. Well, Aaron Nielsen, on Facebook posted a funny one with an idea attached and I can’t help but like them both: a title & idea for a new children’s bedtime Bible show, “Pastor Bedtime!” Ha ha ha haaaa
Sometimes, when it rains, it pours. We’re all ok, but my family’s having a rough week!
Maybe today can be a good day to remember one another in prayer and share a “Lord, have mercy!” moment. 🙂
Blessings to you & yours.
One of the things I really value as a writer is perspective. To write, one needs perspective broad and narrow, principled and specific. But rather than detaching and decompartmentalizing everything, you know, to protect us from our own very real vulnerabilities, writers use perspective to connect. I love that.