The Reflectory

The Reflectory

A look back over the week. What I’ve listened to, read, watched. And what I’m learning along the way.

Podcastery: Podcasts from this week that taught me something I didn't know, or encouraged me, or made me think.

All Souls Charlottesville—Restored To The Beloved Body of Jesus

The Allender Center Podcast—Race and Trauma, Part Three

TED Talks Daily—What I learned serving time for a crime I didn't commit | Teresa Njorage

TED Talks Daily—The Housing First approach to homelessness | Lloyd Pendleton

OnBeing—Rachel Yehuda - How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations

OnBeing—Ta-Nehsisi Coates - Imagining a New America

This Good Word with Steve Wiens—The Little Falls Edition

Left, Right & Center—LRC Presents: One Year Later

The Popcast with Knox and Jamie—Listener Workplace Confessions

Typology—Becoming Lisa Whelchel


Bookery: Books on my desk and by my reading chair and on my nightstand.

The Long-legged House, by Wendell Berry

The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling

Every Moment Holy, by Douglas McKelvey


On the Webbery: Articles and Videos. What made me laugh, made me cry, made me better because it made me think.

The Woman Beside Wendell Berry 

The absurd arguments we make to defend Roy Moore and Al Franken are getting dangerous 

Let’s Restart the Adoption Movement 

Explaining Our Bodies, Finding Ourselves


Learning Themery: My friend, June Ann, used to ask whenever we visited, “What’s God been teaching you?”

This week brimmed with busy motion, up and down the mountain and teaching and writing and wrestling with words and working and hosting house guests. And the regular things of grocery getting, taking Aidan to and from school, preparing meals, cleaning. And This is Us. It was full, and I was grateful. It was not very balanced, and I was tired.

I thought about belonging and adoption (in various ways). The word gratitude plagued me as I avoided then fought with articulating a healthy view of gratitude joining hands with lament. 

God asked me, with tenderness, to continue practicing laying aside my ego and cyclical thinking. Keep making the movement of laying it down, I kept hearing in my spirit, and it will become second nature to be content in God's estimation of me.  


Sabbath Before the Holidays

Sabbath Before the Holidays

Out of Boxes

Out of Boxes