You are loved

Soul Rusting Times

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Have you heard of blackout poetry? You can see some great examples here, along with the book by Austin Kleon. Learn more about the newspaper blackout project here. Give it a try… you might find it addicting. I think I do.

This was my first try:

impossibly. a thousand feet. bone tired. my soul rusting. dark times. 

startlingly beautiful. from afar. deep. sacred place. 

 

It didn’t surprise me that an article stripped down to these words emerged. I’ve been wrestling with all kinds of tangled emotions in the last months. Soul rusting times can led to sacred places in your journey. Sometimes I just don’t want to hear that, like the Sunday morning I walked out of church and all the way home. I didn’t want to sing praise songs, when I was angry at God. You know what, he walked right home with me. He doesn’t leave us, even in our struggle. What he does in us is startlingly beautiful, even if we won’t know the depth of it all until heaven. You are there God, loving us.

 

I would love to introduce you to someone who understands this. Susie Finkbeiner is a novelist from West Michigan. She blogs regularly here. I think you will find her beautiful, thoughtful, wise and funny. Also real.

cupofdustWhy I love her as a writer is she is not afraid to tackle messy and difficult.

Her lastest novel is A Cup of Dustwhich takes place during the Dust Bowl. Pearl Spence, though only ten, is resilient in the midst of a trying and dark time. No matter where we come from, we can be assured that we are loved. You will be challenged by her voice and spirit. (best of all, Susie is currently working on a sequel to A Cup of Dust.) 

Comment here to win a signed copy of the book! How are you reminded of God loving you, even during times full of the dust of doubt?

Your Touch of Love

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Two Christmas movies that stand as classics:

It’s a Wonderful Life

and

The Christmas Carol 

 

Clarence of It’s a Wonderful Life: “Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

 

Reflection on one’s life is a theme in both movies.

 

Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol: “No space of regret can make amends for one’s life’s opportunity misused.”

 

The little voice of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone.”

 

Everyone, everyone, everyone…

 

When your life flips before you; the pages stretching long of your days, what will you witness?

 

You bring something to this Earth no one else does. 

Your touch of love is unique among billions. 

 

That gift belongs to each one of us. Everyone.