Have You Seen? {January 10th, 2021}

Last Week’s Theme: Hope

Arrows and Anchors by Jenny Erlingsson—”As we stand at the brink of another year, it is a little hard for me to see past this moment. I feel grateful and thankful to be here, when I know the road for many has been littered with transition, grief and the word of 2020, uncertainty. But can I say it? I’m a little tired.”

Everyday Mercy {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Peggy feels a bit like a cross-cultural sister, don’t you think? She is brave and strong in the midst of lonely circumstances, but she longs for a community of other women who understand her.”

Marking the Moments of Hope by Sarah Hilkemann—”When things feel uncertain or hard, I pull that pink mug down off my shelf. I wrap my hands around the warmth of a fresh-brewed cup of coffee and I remember. The God who carried me through those scary and uncertain days in Thailand is the same God who walks with me in the wilderness today.”

A Hebrew Word for 2021 by Danielle Wheeler—”Or… we can stop, look up, and realize there is a rope that has us. THE tiqvah. The rope that is permanently harnessed around each one of us. Unsnappable.”

From Around the Web

Teaching Global Citizenship to Young Children

Marking Time

A Theology of Suffering for Cross-cultural Workers (Resiliency podcast)

A Theology of Failure

Let’s Not Put Too Much Hope in 2021

Finally, Turning Toward Hope

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

I don’t know if we’ve ever used punctuation in a theme before, but the ? feels right. 

January is the time when we set goals, make resolutions, lay out the plan for our year. 

Will we be able to do that in 2021? Has anyone given up hope on making plans, just assuming they won’t work out? 

Help a sister out this week! Tell us your tips for planning (or not) in the times we find ourselves in. And we’ll share a few of our ideas too! Join us on the blog and on social media this week for some good conversations. Use the hashtag #VelvetAshesPlans to add your thoughts!

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