Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a smattering of what I’m reading, practicing, listening to, watching or pondering.
What I’m reading – Julian of Norwich: Showings. Embarrassingly, I’ve had this book on my shelf for years and have never picked it up until now. Why now? An Episcopal scholar, Mary Earle gives an answer to that question in the introduction of her book.
“Julian lived at a time of vast social, [religious,] and political upheaval, incessant wars, and sweeping epidemics. Norwich, with a population of around 25,000 by 1330 . . . was struck viciously by the plague known as the Black Death. At its peak in the late 1340s in England, it killed approximately three-fourths of the population of Norwich. A young girl at this time, Julian was certainly affected in untold ways by this devastation. When the plague returned, she was about nineteen. . . . ” ~ (Julian of Norwich: Selections from Revelations of Divine Love, 2013)
A show I’m watching with the fam– Stranger Things on Netflix is a mystery involving secret experiments around a small town, a young boy who vanishes and one strange little girl. Now we are only 4 episodes into season 1.… but it is mindlessly captivating and allows me to escape for an hour.
A classic song I’m watching and Listening to – I remember this song when I was in Junior High School (1974 ish). Black Water by the Doobie Brother’s is so much fun to listen to. This isolation rendition is just as fun. “By the hand, take me by the hand (pretty momma) come and dance with your daddy all night long”. The tag at the end is a request to feed the hungry. Please respond if you can.
Spiritual Practice of the Week – “Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, and praising God until we ourselves are an act of praise.” ~ Richard Rohr
Allow at least 10 minutes of your daily prayer to be sitting in silence.
Sacred Scripture I’m pondering – Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve. – 1 Peter 5:2 (NIV)
Arrange a luxurious gift for a public school teacher. A concert pass. A nice bottle of wine. Goodness – they need some love.
Quote I’m pondering – The church is being called back to fulfilling the initial responsibility of ministering to the human condition. – Brandon T. Crowley
Peace and Blessings.
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