Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a smattering of what I’m reading, listening to, learning, watching or pondering.
What I’m reading – Kay Warren: Four Things My Son’s Suicide Taught Me About Mental Health & the Church. Rick and Kay Warren experienced a parent’s worst nightmare: their child committed suicide. This article is excellent and asks all of us who are members of the People of God to be instruments of hope, healing, and help.
Christmas Carol, I’m reflecting on – The Wexford Carol, by Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss. I’ve never heard this before. I am listening to this over and over again and letting it soak in. This rendition is so beautiful. This is one of the oldest extant Christmas carols. I hope this 4 minute 20-second carol delights your heart.
A favorite Christmas Album – The First Christmas Morning by Dan Fogelberg. I discovered this wonderful album only last year, and yet it has become one of my favorites. This is so different than what is and has been popular to the Christmas genre. It is lovely, tender, quieting; arranged like a fine composer would arrange an evening of music. Tender to the meaning and mystery of Christmas. Treat yourself some morning or evening by a fire this Advent/ Christmas season. You can find it all over the “net”.
What I’m Watching – Gratitude: The Short Film by Louis Schwartzberg. Touching and delightful audio and visual reflection on the practice of gratitude. Opening the heart and mind to all the blessings around us. This is the narration of “A Good Day” by Brother David Steindl-Rast combined with a wonderful video interpretation. Enjoy it here…. Practice it this weekend.
Sacred Scripture I’m pondering: “On that day, the branch of the Lord will be luster and glory, and the fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor for the survivors of Israel.” Isaiah 4:2
Practicing ridiculous generosity: Behaving generously is a pathway to a richer, fuller life. Behaving generously opens our hearts and minds to the larger picture of gratitude, joy and living a peace-filled life. In the next several installments of Friday Focus, I will be offering “the week’s ridiculous generosity challenge.” If you don’t like the one I propose, feel free to create your own.
The week’s ridiculous generosity challenge: Buy a bag of miniature candy canes (wrapped of course) and hand them out to everyone you meet throughout your day. Give them a smile and a cheerful greeting.
Quote I’m pondering – “Start being brave about everything. Drive out darkness and spread light. Don’t look at your weaknesses. Realize instead that in Christ crucified you can do everything.” ~ St. Catherine of Siena.
Another Hold Me Tight for Couples – Candace and I are hosting another Hold Me Tight for Christian Couples. It will be on January 24 &25, 2020, here in Lafayette. Our focus is to make these intimate and powerfully effective. Because of this, we are only taking 6 couples. Be sure to sign up here. This would make a great Christmas present for you and your spouse, or a couple who you know.
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Advent Peace and Blessings.