Have You Seen? {June 25, 2017}

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: Beloved

How I Learned My Belovedness by Elizabeth Trotter—”There is nothing magical about a shared meal, or even a ritualistic one. And there is nothing magical about finding peace through the memory of that shared meal. But there is something mystical about it. There is something calming about sitting quietly and remembering how very much you are loved, regardless of what you do or how you perform, but simply because you are part of a family.”

Compartments of our Lives {Book Club} by Amy Young—”It’s interesting to look at how birth order, gender, and personality influence both Barry and Jill—both to positives and negatives. I wonder how it might have been different if the girl had been the middle child, and therefore older when Bob died, leaving a younger brother at home. Or how being “smart” meant that Jill’s way of service to the family was through academics, while Barry’s was through working at Coorain.”

He Calls You: Beloved by Renee Aupperlee—”Jesus invites you to receive a different name. He invites you to receive a name that has nothing to do with you and everything to do with Him. He invites you to take your eyes off yourself, and find your true name.”

What a movie about ice hockey taught me about being a beloved child of God  by Esther Honegger—”I cried as I watched that scene—throughout the movie I’d watched Gordon continually defeated by the self-imposed burdens he’s carried since childhood, and I tearfully rejoiced when he finally dropped them and understood that all he needed to do was be who he was, free in the knowledge that his father loved him.”

A Green Love {The Grove: Beloved} by Kimberly Todd—”Green is transformative, and transformation happens long and slow over ordinary time. The color that marks this season in the church is, you guessed it, green. Green is ubiquitous. Shades of it everywhere in nature. Fruits and ferns, fields and frogs. It speaks of growth, fecundity, and peace.”

From Around the Web

Faithful in the Big

And Now for Next Week

The theme is . . .

Pause for a moment and let the word “shelter” float around in your mind. What feelings, memories, images, fears or desires do you have? There are so many different directions you can go with this word!

We’ve got a rich week ahead as we walk through this theme. Join us in the comments this week, and we want to hear from you at The Grove. Bring your blog posts on the theme “shelter” and link them up beginning Thursday at 6pm EST.

Share your world with us on Instagram with this week’s hashtag #VelvetAshesShelter. We want to see your homes, or shelters that you see around you, or where your heart finds shelter, or whatever it is that comes to mind with the word “shelter.” We’re excited to see what you come up with!

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