This past weekend, I read an article in The New York Times that crushed me: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking.
That story, coupled with Modern American Poetry’s photo essay of the Holocaust, reminded me of a quote from Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor who spoke out against the Nazis and spent seven years in concentration camps.
How could so many people know what was happening right under their noses and not speak out? What do you know about that’s happening right under your nose?
Will you speak out?
Speak out for those who cannot speak… from Proverbs 31:8 NRSV
Returned to yoga class this week. Took some time off over the holidays. Time to eat turkey, dressing, a dozen chocolate crinkles. You know, that sort of thing.
So did the rest of my class. How do I know? My instructor felt the need to speak this bit of wisdom to us:
There are legitimate reasons to frown. The inability to do ardha chandrasana is not one of them.
Keep on keeping on. We’ll get there soon.
A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22 NRSV
Closer to Love by Mat Kearney.
Enjoy your weekend!
Do you write Christmas letters? We used to, but these days I use most of my words here with you.
Blogging is a lot like writing a letter. This is electronic stationery where I inscribe a little of myself each time I publish. As with a letter or a book, the reading can be strangely personal and removed at the same time. And, although the response may be immediate, the reader and the writer may reside miles apart.
Will you send Christmas correspondence this year?
Words to remember for the week:
The verse ends, “…for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.“
Bittersweet to me.
Bitter because not all circumstances naturally produce gratitude. Some circumstances seem to have no redeeming qualities.
Sweet, and I cringe a little as I write this, because if God asks us to be thankful, there must be in all circumstances cause for thanksgiving. The sort of gratitude we cannot conjure up by ourselves. The kind that relies on another verse, “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
I’m taking a blog break and plan to be back next week.
Until then, I pray God reminds me and you of those things for which we can be thankful no matter what. Things like life, breath, and peace with Him through Christ. What others come to mind?
Thank you for reading. I am honored that you do!
Happy Thanksgiving from everyday epistle.
December may argue with this quote, but autumn does hold a special beauty.
What are your favorite things about this season?
I hope you find this quote as amusing as I did when I first came across it. Hint: consider the source.
Shoe shopping, anyone?
An interesting concept from novelist/artist Doug Coupland.
Doesn’t everyone wear their costumes every day?
Enjoy a safe and fun Halloween!