Thoughts on Lent 14: The In-between Times

Frederick Buechner

The period known as Lent is quickly coming to its climax: "Holy Week" culminating on the Sunday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.During the period of approximately six weeks that compose the period of Lent many people of faith do things, or don't do things, as an outward gesture to acknowledge this reflective season and perhaps affect spiritual growth. I can't say how this transaction occurs. But I do believe that, this kind of reflection ought to define the Christian … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Lent 8: Read Well, and with a Notebook

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By Wendy MurrayI write in notebooks meaningful passages from books I read. I have volumes of these notebooks that include passages from the works of large-souled thinkers and dreamers, including George MacDonald, Thomas Merton, Albert Camus, Frederick Buechner, Annie Dillard, Isak Dinesen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Donne, William Shakespeare, Francis de Sales, Henri Nouwen, James Merrill, G. K. Chesterton, St. Augustine, Anthony Trollope, William Maxwell, Willa Cather, E. M. Forester, Graham … [Read more...]

Advice to Newlyweds from a (Divorced) Pastor’s Wife

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I have had the privilege and shared in the glory of seeing two of my beloved nieces (sisters) get married this past spring, their respective nuptials separated by 9 weeks. (I salute my sister who pulled off these weddings with grace, hilarity and originality.)My gift to them was a letter of "advice," written at length,  over a period of weeks, with much thought and prayer. At first I thought being divorced disqualified me from rendering such advice. When I said as much, one of my nieces … [Read more...]


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