Have You Seen? {April 1, 2018}

Welcome to Have You Seen? We’ll review last week and share other posts from around the web. Enjoy rest and renewal while you cozy up for some soul-food reading.

Last Week’s Theme: Resurrection

What an Open Sewer Taught Me About Resurrection by Elizabeth Trotter—”The first time I noticed this, I was struck by the sight. How could two such unlikely things come together like this? An enormous, thriving tree and an ugly, smelly, polluting flow of refuse? I couldn’t stop looking at it. I couldn’t stop gazing and pondering: a tree full of life next to a stream of death.”

The Nickel Shot {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I did pay attention to what Hannah wrote about Jefferson. ‘Drawing on his classical education, Jefferson integrated architecture, landscape design, and botany to create a place of beauty and industry. Verdant lawns, bountiful orchards, brightly colored flowerbeds, and productive kitchen gardens flowed together seamlessly, joined by a network of well-worn paths.’”

Risen, Yet Still Waiting for Resurrection by Aylin Merck—”Now just three years into living this life, I confess I see some cynicism in my heart. I am not as naïve anymore. The passion that burned in my young heart seems replaced by large doses of reality. At the edge of another move (the third in 3 years), I already feel bruised from unrelenting stress, uprooting, and the loneliness (among other things) one feels when you are not deeply known.”

No Strangers to Death by Amanda Dunn—”Sometimes on those morning runs as the sun is coming up, the silhouettes of our Muslim neighbors and friends heading to the mosque remind me of Ezekiel 37 and my lips are pressed to say, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’ When those friends ask how Jesus could be God and die, we embrace the story of a radical hero who came to take the place of all of us and suffer what we deserve.”

When Resurrections Is Slow {The Grove: Resurrection} by Amy Young—”I have tasted resurrection too, but it has not been instantaneous. It has been slow. It has taken months or years. Sometimes the old dead thing has come back to life in a new form. Other times, something different but good has come along. Life has come after death. I see it! I celebrate it! I am humbly grateful for it.”

From Around the Web

How I Became the Poster Child for Swedish Families Living with HIV—And Why You Should Rethink Your Selfies

Debriefing: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? [—at A Life Overseas]

Essay: “Do not pay attention to every word people say” 

Third Culture Kids – Resources for Parenting TCKs

Sometimes I Remember I Love It Here

Three Strategies To Address “Unbelonging”

Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World – a book review

5 Ways to Give Generously When the Needs are Abundant

Who Are ‘The Least of These’?

Finally, The Good Bad Friday 


And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Don’t we all wish for a pure heart?

Especially on those days, and we all know the ones, when the sun is blazing or the rain shows no sign of letting up, and the nosy neighbor just can’t leave well enough alone. Or the teammate who is so different from us makes a comment that cuts deep. Kids and ants and broken washing machines (if we have them), all call for our attention.

On those days, who is Jesus to us? Even in the fiery trials or the moments of tender discipline, He sweetly cups our face in His hands and covers us with His righteousness, this precious gift to us.

Do you have stories of God’s purifying in your life and the joy that comes out of pain?

Let’s be brave together to share our experiences in the comments and at The Grove. What sparks your creativity as you look around you and think about purity? Snap a picture and share with us on Instagram this week, with #VelvetAshesPure.

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