Every Friday, I spend five minutes or so writing on a word prompt from the Five Minute Friday community. Then, I hit publish. Good for the writing muscles and for cultivating a playful approach to the writing work that can sometimes be taken oh-so-seriously.
seventeen-year-old selves find
to dance with all the dreams inside
on the uneven concrete sidewalks
grow older and stillness and
quiet and unsocial safety
of forests and fields casts a different spell—
room to breathe and take apart
and now while quarantining in respective
places it seems neighbors would be nice
but one learns a long time ago: better to be lonely
than in a crowded place of in-a-hurry people
Loneliness is a real struggle in our modern world.
Book clubs can be a place to combat that as, for just a few weeks, we all read the same pages and bare our thoughts—maybe a few inches of soul—in thoughtful and kind discussion.
I’m hosting a book club this fall for Unfettered: Imagining a Childlike Faith Beyond the Baggage of Western Culture by Mandy Smith. This book invites curious Jesus people to engage with faith through rest, creativity, questions, and playfulness.
Don’t wait—registration closes Sunday at midnight. See all the details and sign up here: