An important part of the spiritual life is to keep longing, waiting, hoping, expecting. In the long run, some voluntary penance becomes necessary to help us remember that we are not yet fulfilled. A good criticism, a frustrating day, an empty stomach, or tired eyes might help to awaken our expectation and deepen our prayer:
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
-Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary
It feels fitting to return to this little space as we approach the new church year. Advent begins this weekend, and we will celebrate with a New Year – Autumn – Friendsgiving party! Surely there’s a birthday to celebrate too, right?
This morning I climbed up to the tippy top bookshelf where we keep our seasonal books. We’ve enjoyed these books in Advent seasons past. (Click the cover image to view on Amazon)
**Sacred Space for Advent and Christmas is sold out, but Sacred Space 2017 would make a great Christmas gift!
I have my eye on these other options for this year, but may just end up using an old faithful. Open to suggestions!
Also, enjoy my Advent playlist on Spotify!
/ / / a walk around JP pond / / /
music monday resurrected… on a thursday because that makes tons of sense! but you’ll forgive me because you get two songs in one post! and an allusion to a third. if you find it, you get a kiss from archer.
glory be. one word: yesterday. the sun came out and melted the greying snowslush piles in this recently dismal city. the churchbells around the corner sang “spring is coming, spring is coming” and woke us all up from our hibernation. though the day still carried a bit of chill, cyclists pedaled around with cheesy smiles and neighbors high-fived as they passed each other on the way to the post office. it went a little something like this…
really though. here’s how it went down. robert had the day off. win #1. farmer’s lunch sandwich, paired with bbq kettle chips & natural soda at city feed & supply in JP. these are a few of my favorite things. afterward, we stopped by boomerang to hunt for some deals– ended up with two books and a vinyl. the history of love! i cannot wait to read this. it’s been on my to-read list for a year now. all day long, robert kept singing the same lyric over & over from this song by the oh hello’s. pay what you want [or get it free] for the album here because it’s SO good. like SOOOO good [!!!]
i’ve done a pretty good stint of music mondays posts, but i think i’m going to chill on the weekly thing. we’ll get them rolling agin in a couple weeks when i emerge from the autumn mix workshop.
for now, enjoy a download of the harvest star folk collective’s first album. name your price on bandcamp! i’m about to enjoy a first listen myself, but by the looks of the artist lineup the collective will be great.