For the weekend

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…to convince you to watch Dr Who (I’m not kidding), ‘In which I geek out over Dr Who‘, by Sarah Bessey

…to encourage you to do something, ‘What happens in our listening rooms’, by Emily P Freeman.

…to engage with some brilliant thoughts and theology (biased much?), Kelley Nikondaha hosting, ‘Week with Walter‘ (don’t miss D.L.Mayfield’s ‘Finding Doxologies at the Edges of the Empire‘)

…to celebrate good writing, the Miles Franklin Award 2013 Shortlist was announced this week.

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Something for the weekend

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Something for your weekend…

to make you think…’When I believe in the gospel, not your story‘, by Preston Yancey.

to make you hope (and smile)…’TGFI: Teenage Mutant Sleepy Turtle’, by Tina Francis.

to help you on your way (sometimes waiting is the best option)…‘How writing is like a twenty-second first date’, by Emily P. Freeman

to smile at…‘This moment’, by Bec Matheson.

for the weekend

Mindful

Every day
I see or I hear
something
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
and leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It is what I was born for-to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world-
to instruct myself over and over

in joy,and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful
the very extravagant-
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these-
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

Mary Oliver