Human ExperienceNew Every Morning | November 22, 2020
The intricate and interlacing patterns of family; the mirrored themes of love, loss, and longing; these run throughout the stories of our spiritual ancestors—nothing is left out. Within the grand acts and arias of the Bible, the whole of human experience is laid bare, and within its cadences, its syncopated rhythms, its lyric moments, its polyphonic harmony and discord, we find our own family history, suspended somewhere between grief and glory.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
—Colossians 3:16 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
How infinite is your embrace, O God. How broad and high and deep and enduring is your love.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
Show your loved ones how much you care by giving them Spirit Boosters, daily reminders that they still have purpose, no matter their age.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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Relationships are hard. And despite the fact that we are made in His image, we live in a fallen world. The tug of war inside my heart, which Paul speaks of in Romans 7 – it is real…the struggle is real. But, what is also real is – I am a new creature in Christ. The old is gone, the new has come and continues to come. Though we are clay jars, we are His. And He love us, lavishly.
It is quite noticeable, a slowing down in the intensity surrounding my school work. With just two days this coming week, I have found myself relaxing a bit more…less grading and planning, more reading and watching tv.
Thinking about getting some of holiday decorations out. I got a few of mom’s things that I wanted – and will put them out. I usually don’t decorate much, no tree – because Roger would not leave it alone. Hopefully these things he will let be. Most are very fragile, white ceramics which mom made with her friends many years ago. She has three tall, elegant wise men which I am going to place on the bar between my kitchen and tv room – Roger usually isn’t up there. But – I am sure his curiosity will kick in. I also got a smaller snowman with a cap on – which I had bought for her several years ago.
I invited dad to come over this afternoon to watch the football game. Not sure if he will. Our county has a stay at home “advisory” in place. I am surprised tennis for this evening has not been cancelled. It is our final match – so I will be going against the advisory. We are playing for first place…it remains to be seen whether there will be playoffs. If we win, we will make playoffs – if they occur. If we lose, we are out. A big ask, as two of our stronger players are quarantined, one with symptoms and awaiting test results, and the other because her son tested positive.
There were times when I drifted off the straight and narrow, but even when I think I was closer to or on the path I certainly wasn’t perfect. Like every human being I need help. Falling down, repentance, forgiveness. restarting are repeated. It takes effort , commitment, faith,
and even then God’s help is needed as on our own we fall short.
Christmas decorations have grown fewer as like Roger Pearl is super curious and thinks they are new toys. She rolled around amongst the plumbers tools as they worked the other day. It was a sight to see. The nativity scene comes out at the beginning of Advent, the bare stable and some palm trees.This year an Advent wreath, but that too has to be cat proof..
We all have situations in which we take risks. With the virus headed off the charts, be safe. My friend in East Boston has it and so far it’s been manageable, but like the 1918 flu this virus can change quickly. No needs to get sick.