JANUARY 2021 | IN REVIEW
READ | WRITE | DISCUSS | PRAY | SERVE | REFLECT
Even in Cambridge
During these past few months, I have read and written little. I did not send a newsletter for October, November or December. My church attendance (via YouTube) dropped off, and my prayer life diminished, though as some of my kids once again transitioned from remote to in person learning earlier this month, I noticed that my standing refrain switched from “Help me not kill them” to “Please keep them safe” -- same bottom line but very different sentiment. Our book club continued to meet virtually to discuss a text each month, and if you want to catch up on our reviews, check them out here. However, in the area of service, I have also felt like a dry well with nothing to give. This month, I experienced sparks of hope, and even more recently, as I began to hear of needs in our surrounding communities, I began to feel like perhaps I could find the energy to join in the efforts.
In Luke 4:38-40, we can read of Jesus’ healing power and be reminded of what we are supposed to do once we have recovered from illness:
“Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.
At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.”
Once we are made well, we are meant to serve and help the next person in line. Today I’d like to offer the single essay that I wrote this month, a book review that also describes how the text intersects with my own writing and prayer life. It is my hope that in sending it your way it lifts your spirits and serves you as well, so that you can shine light wherever you are now.
Looking forward to reading & discussing with you!
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