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TGIF: Thank you, India. Thank You, Ammachi. Thank you, Ann Voskamp. by Tina Francis for Sheloves

“The opposite of honour is to treat something as common.”

TGIF: Thank you, India. Thank You, Ammachi. Thank you, Ann Voskamp. by Tina Francis for Sheloves

Prisons of fundamentalism

I read this today:

I know what they think…they think I can’t really be happy because I’m not doing the “right” thing. They think if I say I’m happy, that I’ve convinced myself I am, but I’m not really. But the truth is, they are the unhappy ones. They have locked themselves in a prison of their own making, full of rules and asceticism and austerity and martyrdom. They say they love their god, but they are the ones who love themselves…because they think following all these rules they made will keep them right with god. They say they are selfless, that everyone else is the self-loving ones, but they are incredibly self-serving. They don’t realize that how to really love someone is to let them be themselves…not molded and pressed and squeezed into what they want you to be. Everything in their little kingdom has to be just right or they will cut you off.

from From Darkness to Light at The Eighth and Final Square

And I have to say that this wasn't my experince.  I've felt that prison, too... but it wasn't from a church.  I think that people wanting to control other people (wanting to be god over them, maybe?) is what is wrong with us as people in general.  I've felt that in school, I've felt that in other groups of people.... a lot of people seem to feel that at church, too.  Its a pretty awful thing.

 

God, Giver of Harmonicas by Rachel Pieh Jones for SheLoves Magazine

I often look at the good things God gives and feel guilty. He answers prayers beyond what I could dream and I hesitate to throw myself into the joy of it. Instead of diving in, immersing myself in joy, flinging and dancing and spinning, I tiptoe up to the edge of it and dip my toes in the shallows.

I’m afraid. What if I love the gift too much? What about idolatry? What if I make a fool out of myself? What if, in embracing it, I’m using up all of God’s goodness toward me and something bad will happen tomorrow?

God, Giver of Harmonicas by Rachel Pieh Jones for SheLoves Magazine

 

That's the Deep by John Blase for A Deeper Church

Now in the interest of full disclosure I should mention that out there in the deep you might drown, or get eaten by a shark, or get a charley horse then flail around thus drawing the attention of leviathan. The only guarantee is God’s presence. That’s the deal. That’s the deep.

That's the Deep by John Blase for A Deeper Church

peacemaking: play as resistance by Bristol for The Smitten Word

"To play in the face of tension and conflict isn't to ignore it or to give in: it's to fight back."

peacemaking: play as resistance by Bristol for The Smitten Word

You Are Not So Smart

Oh this I want....

from You Are Not So Smart

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