After nearly three months off blogging, I have to say it feels good to be back at it.
I have really grappled with blogging this summer – the medium itself as well as my place in the mix. I’m still figuring that out but after a hard week with big topics, I realised something: I still love it. We all did good work this week online – I see so many of you out here, advocating for important and beautiful and true things, doing good work. Important work has happened online this week and I’m happy to highlight just a few that caught my eye.
the must-read of the week
When Parenting Feels Like a Fool’s Errand: On the Death of Michael Brown by Stacia L. Brown
America is Not for Black People by Greg Howard for The Concourse
This is Why We’re Mad About the Shooting of Mike Brown by Kara Brown for Jezebel
His Life Matters – World Peace May Hang in the Balance by Kelley Nikondeha
On Ears to Hear and Eyes to See: A Prayer for Ferguson by Abby Norman
I Raise My Hands: A Prayerful Response to #Ferguson by Osheta Moore
I Don’t Know How to Talk to White People About Ferguson by Alli Brathwell for XO Jane
more link love
Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt by Glennon Doyle Melton at Momastery
Thoughts on Depression, Suicide, and Being a Christian by Nish Weiseth
What Can Christians Do About Iraq? an interview with Jeremy Courtney at Huffington Post
Taste It All by John Blase
Beautiful – Like Penny Candies and Mermaid Hair by Megan Gahan for SheLoves Magazine
13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done by Gretchen Rubin
And finally because we all need a hug: 30 Photos That Will Make You Say Awwwwwwwww! at Buzzfeed
my own most-read post
In which I have a few things to tell you about #Ferguson :: Black lives matter. I cannot even believe I have to write that sentence but there it is. Black lives matter. These young men matter, their lives are sacred. It doesn’t matter if Mike Brown was on his way to college or on his way to the unemployment line – his life had value and purpose. He was loved. His life mattered. Every single black life matters. If your pro-life ethic doesn’t include black lives, then your pro-life ethic is useless.
want to cook: Raspberry Mango Chicken Cashew Salad
cool to see: 23 Epic Literary Tattoos
LOLZ: A Map of an Introvert’s Heart (AKA My Heart) – my husband particularly chortled over The Railroad of Cancelled Plans.
want to remember: So I’ll be bold as well as strong. I’ll use my head alongside my heart.
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“Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”
- Desmond Tutu
Reminder: sharing a link doesn’t mean the content or the site receives my whole-hearted 100% endorsement. It means that the particular link is worth a read and a think. That’s all.