Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Collect for Tuesday in Holy Week

O God, by the passion of your beloved Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

                                  -from The Book of Common Prayer.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Collect for Monday in Holy Week

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

                                                           -from The Book of Common Prayer.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Knitted Finished Objects: a pair of gloves, a scarf, and the Rocio cardigan

Here are some pictures of some items I finished knitting - some recently, some less recently, but hey! I finally took pictures. :D

First, my Rocio cardigan, which is now my mother's Rocio cardigan, because I was a lazy knitter and did not swatch:
But it fits her perfectly and I'm so pleased with it:

I love, love, love the leaf lace on the back. This is such a gorgeous pattern.  I might need to make it again for me (swatching this time, of course!).

Then, my dad's Christmas gloves, which I finished ages ago, but didn't get pictures of till now:
I feel so accomplished: my first pair of gloves with actual fingers!

And, finally, a scarf that Lucy requested me to make. It is much of a pinkness:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Weekly Links: a bit of good reading & watching for your weekend

"Dear Nate: Sinners Happy to Sin Welcome to Dinner, Not Welcome to Communion":

You justly point out, however, that Jesus had fellowship with sinners over dinner. Many of these sinners were “in their sin” and happy at the time of the dinner. Am I missing some act of charity by disfellowshipping Christians who make a virtue of their vice?

"Two Households: Love by the 'Numbers in Romeo and Juliet'": I already liked the play (though not the two protagonists), but this essay made me appreciate it even more.

Finally, some fascinating stuff about internet porn and the brain:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Biola University CCCA Lent Project: Simon of Cyrene

I'm honored today to contribute to Biola's "Lent Project":

And then, we are told in the gospel of Luke, Simon of Cyrene is forced to carry the cross for Jesus. This is different than the depiction in the video, where Simon steps forward—where Simon volunteers to walk beside Jesus. 
Scripture tells us something different: this burden was forced upon Simon. 
Sometimes—often—perhaps even almost always—we do not choose to walk in the way of pain. The Lord Jesus may embrace pain because of love, but we are not as brave as our Savior. 
And despite this, He lets us join Him.

You can read the rest of it here, at Biola's site. 
Peace of Christ to you, 
Jessica Snell

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lent: a season of less

photo credit: Betsy Barber
In giving ourselves to a season of less, we learn that our personal comforts have little to do with the love of Christ. We, like most of God's creatures, are seasonal and should know that some seasons are harsher than others. There are different lessons to be learned, different habits to be employed in winter than in summer. This is as true in our spiritual lives as it is in our gardens or the forest.
                                  -Cate MacDonald, "Lent", Let Us Keep the Feast.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Weekly Links: new blogs, saying "yes" to Lent, and more!

To start, this week I found two wonderful new blogs. The first, Liturgy of Life, is written by a fellow Anglican and lover of the church year. Check it out here.

The second, Pass the Salt Shaker, is a discussion of singleness and marriage in the church, written by a group of great folks, including at least one of the contributors to Mere Fidelity (one of my favorite podcasts). Check out the new blog here.

Now, on to our regular weekend collection of articles:

"Holy Week Meyers-Briggs": This is just hilarious and awesome.

"Giving Up 'Yes' for Lent":
I don’t want to second-guess my last few years nor frame these amazing opportunities in pessimistic terms. But I do want to consider whether it is always courageous to say "yes." 
"Where Demons Fear to Tread: Angels and the Atonement":
As it turns out, the theologians and artists of the church over the centuries have reflected on this question with surprising results, coming up with several ways that the work of Christ had a significant bearing on the unfallen angels.

"Learning From Bodies":
Ability is not what makes death significant. At birth this baby had capacities below that of a healthy fetus at ten weeks. Holding his body, living and then dead, proves to me that it doesn’t matter how early the human heart beats, how early it is possible to feel pain, or when the senses develop. No ability or strength confers human status—not being viable or sentient or undamaged or wanted. Being of human descent is enough; you cannot earn or forfeit your humanity. If this baby’s death does not matter, no death matters.
"Joseph: the faithful carpenter":
Mary is rightly credited as setting the ultimate example of how Christians should respond to God's calling. But likewise, I think that Joseph is exemplar in demonstrating how God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) loves us, his sinful people. As a husband, father, and erstwhile woodworker, I can find no greater earthly example to follow.

And finally, to listen to, The City's podcast this week on "Non-Christian Books" was full of good stuff.

Have a great weekend!