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Grief, Lent, Mental Health, Ministry

Fasting in a Pandemic

Jeania Ree V. Moore writes, “Fasting, if done right, is an experience of surrender. In decreasing our intake, fasting makes space for something else. In fasting, we are listening for God.” The Lent 2020 Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance reminds us that fasting redirects our attention. It attunes us to solidarity — commensuration with our “health, situation, and communities.” When we fast, we wake up. Fasting in and of itself is an interruption of the norm, an invitation to recalibrate our time and focus to something deeper.

Sojourners. Read more here.

When I wrote this Sojourners piece three weeks ago, I didn’t know how much involuntary “fasting” we’d all be practicing this Lent: ceasing from our routines, gathering, classrooms, wages, embracing, and connection. Every Lent, intention matters. Discipline matters. But isn’t that the very point? Fasting implores us to wake up from our monotonous grind and embrace what really matters: people.

Read the full piece at Sojourners.

Death, Grief

Finding Courage in Challenging Times

How do we cope with the anxiety and stress of a global pandemic? How will we confront and hold the anticipatory grief and loss from all the coronavirus fall out?

Chalice Press is here to help. My publisher is offering a FREE eBook, Finding Courage in Challenging Times in addition to also reducing Kindle prices for its titles that contain tools for crisis.

I’m honored that Dessert First is among these reduced-price titles. It’s also been selected as a finalist for the Forewords Review 2019 Book of the Year. Even when we are not physically together, we can hold space for each other through writing and virtual spaces in these unprecedented times.