God, Glass, Shopping, Punches, and Raging Rivers

There are so many great blog posts out there in the winternets. Here are excerpts from five that caught my attention this past week(ish):

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“And the truth is, I don’t understand the relationship between bad, painful things and a loving, all-knowing, God. Ask me about earthquakes. Ask me about cancer. Ask me about starvation and genocide and those beautiful Invisible Children, and all I can do is shake my head and cry and not know.”

“All I can say is this: the God that I believe in calls himself Father. Calls us his children.”

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“Soon, they roll out into the sand where people like me scour that field of tiniest glass beads to find their larger cousins. I fill my pockets with shards gone soft, and I carry them home – from Canada and Scotland and Italy. I lay them out, reminders that everything is repurposed – into words, into stories, into scars that mesh perfectly with the wounds of those we meet.”

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“Yes, I know what you’re probably thinking: ‘Katdish, we KNOW you hate everything remotely related to grocery shopping. Shut up already.'”

“And to you I say, NO.”

You’re not the boss of me.

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It can be an act of faith to take a punch, to believe that the pain of the moment is far better than the pain, distraction, and distress that come from jumping into a fight. I know I’ve gotten it wrong plenty of times. I know I’ve responded appropriately other times. And I know how easy it can be to obsess over criticism, an argument, or a perspective that I find faulty.

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“Noah and ‘Lil Blue bound safely onto the opposite bank, but when I glance behind me, I see Rowan tilting dangerously to one side of the saddle as ‘Lil Paint labors, half-swimming across the raging stream. Rowan’s eyes are wide as he looks straight at me, his two hands white against the reins.”

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(Brought to you by Addie Zierman, Andi Cumbo, Katdish, Ed Cyzewski, and Michelle DeRusha)

What’s the best post you read this week? If you’re a blogger, what was your most-read post from this past week?

8 Replies to “God, Glass, Shopping, Punches, and Raging Rivers”

    1. I got the idea from Slacktivist, a blogger over at Patheos. I liked how he pulled excerpts instead of just giving you the title or a summary. Thanks, Larry.

  1. Thanks so much for the mention, Shawn. Although after reading the quoted portions of the other posts, mine seems to lack a little depth…

    1. Ha! Depth, schmepth. I thought your post was clever and funny, and I didn’t want all of the posts I highlighted to be serious anyway. Your post was great.

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