Chocolate and Contemplative Coloring: Your Guide to a Slow Christmas Season

Chocolate and Contemplative Coloring: Your Guide to a Slow Christmas Season

Mary Anglberger was my favorite babysitter. She kept me while my mother worked weekends as a Duke University Hospital psychiatric nurse. I must have been in third grade when Mary gifted me with the glory that is the chocolate Advent calendar. Amid numbered paper doors, 

Three Simple Ways to Start a Sabbath Practice

Three Simple Ways to Start a Sabbath Practice

[This is part of an article written as a post for Steve Austin’s Grace is Messy blog. Click the link below to read the entire article on his site.] I am a fledgling sabbath-keeper. Though I’ve written a book about it, embraced my 52 chances 

The Refiner’s Fire: Why Sabbath is Hard and Why We Should Try it Anyway

The Refiner’s Fire: Why Sabbath is Hard and Why We Should Try it Anyway

What Do You Do #ForSabbathsSake? Guest Blog Series Conclusion This summer, when I began the “What do you do, #ForSabbathsSake?” Guest Blog Series, I had no idea what would emerge. Thirteen guest bloggers and three months later, we have a treasure trove of stories, confessions, 

Looking At My Nadir (Guest Post by Melanie Weldon-Soiset)

Looking At My Nadir (Guest Post by Melanie Weldon-Soiset)

“Crap!,” I screamed as I banged my leg against the sharp cabinet corner.  After glaring at the eponymous cabinet in the living room, I assessed the damage on my left thigh, which was now in the bathroom with the rest of me.  The quickly spreading 

Bodily Sabbaths (Guest Post by Kristel Clayville)

Bodily Sabbaths (Guest Post by Kristel Clayville)

Liz is my physical therapist and I have her on speed dial; we catch up with each other over an injury at least once a year. She’s met my friends and knows my cats’ names. This (very good) relationship is the consequence of my constant 

Sabbath (Guest Post by Ben Swihart)

Sabbath (Guest Post by Ben Swihart)

I’m about four years into a do-it-yourself home renovation. And it has almost killed me. I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos on load-bearing walls, plumbing, and electrical outlets, and mostly fumbled through everything trying to literally avoid killing myself. AJ Heschel (a Jewish rabbi)