Stand in the Gap

What We’re Reading – April Edition

By April 23, 2020No Comments
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In case you're interested, here's what we've been passing around the staff email chain this month...

Because we all needed a little perspective, a little clarity, and a little hope.

Francois shared...

The Plague and 100 Blessings

We’ve been reading Mark Batterson’s books on prayer since our staff retreat last fall. This devotion was a reminder about the power of blessing and gratitude. In a world full of things we can’t change, this is a good place to start.

I can’t promise that gratitude will cure whatever ails you (or stop the Coronavirus), but gratitude is a good place to start. And it’s where the double blessing begins.

Julie liked...

That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief

As a staff, we talk about grief plenty. Every population we serve faces it for one reason or another. But, in most of our lifetimes, grief has never looked like this—so widespread, so invisible, so unknowable. It doesn’t look like what we’ve seen before, so it’s hard to know what to call it. Let’s call it what it is.

One favorite takeaway from this article; There is something powerful about naming this as grief. It helps us feel what’s inside of us.

Rhonda loved...

"Surviving the In-Between Place"

This is the practical, hopeful, beautiful message that Rhonda keeps coming back to in this “liminal place”.

Listen to our board member, Jessica Moffatt’s, sermon from March 22.

TJ is dwelling on...

Psalm 27

Dwelling in the house of the LORD is not just for the afterlife. Seek to dwell in the house of the LORD now—and all the days of your life.

One thing I have asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.

And one sweet story

Stitt Declares April 5 "Rhonda Bear Day"

It’s our favorite holiday of the year…