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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This Bird's For You
By webmaster @ 12:01 AM :: 1621 Views :: 1 Comments :: Nina Frost
Speaking of Lenten practices, I just remembered a year-round one, courtesy of Thomas Merton, who wrote:

“A bird calls, announcing the difference between heaven and hell.”

That’s it. Meaning… heaven is when you are available enough, present enough, to actually hear the bird.

Hell is when you never hear the bird, when you miss it, and who knows what else.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Renewing and Remembering: Lenten Invitations
By webmaster @ 4:30 PM :: 1658 Views :: 0 Comments :: Nina Frost
At the Ash Wednesday service I went to last week, the music minister sang a very simple and compelling version of Psalm 51... the Psalm traditionally used on this day. 

As this verse rang out, what was formerly familiar suddenly became alive with necessity:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Are You Sitting Down?
By webmaster @ 12:01 AM :: 1591 Views :: 1 Comments :: Nina Frost
I write this from a Franciscan retreat center in Northern California, where my husband and I are spending a couple of quiet days. There is one other guest here on a personal retreat, a young woman who is both a middle school art teacher and a fitness trainer. Her days start at 4:30 am and are long and full and frenetic, and she is always on the go.

She came here, just for 24 hours, because she knows that whole months can go by without any breathing room for herself. She admitted to us she knows she really has to learn to slow down occasionally, to catch up with what is inside her.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
RSVP Your Epiphanies
By webmaster @ 1:00 PM :: 1565 Views :: 0 Comments :: Nina Frost

We are deep amidst the church season known as Epiphany. It may seem like a season to pass lightly over, or to limit to the story of the wise men finding the Christ child. 
But oh, the gifts and challenges latent in this season, which this year runs all the way to an Ash Wednesday deep in March. 
In the Greek, "Epiphany" means "in the light," or, "to appear" or "to manifest." The wise men were asked to ponder what the Christ child might mean. As Dr. Brown's recent blog points out, in these post-Christmas days, we are asked to do the same. 
For me, Epiphany goes wide and deep. It is a sacred time that dares us to look at new ways God's light is manifesting in our lives... and at ways we ourselves are asked to reflect that light.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
What Child Is This?
By webmaster @ 12:01 AM :: 1650 Views :: 0 Comments :: Nina Frost
In the familiar Christmas carol, that not-so-simple question starts verse one: "What Child is this?"

And while the sweet hymn goes on to elaborate on what and who the child will be, I think the days before Christmas, despite their tendency to be anything but hushed and expectant... I think these days ask us to pause and consider the "child" question for ourselves.
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Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Can You Wait This Way?
By webmaster @ 12:01 AM :: 1506 Views :: 0 Comments :: Nina Frost

There is a wrinkle on the deeply seasonal Advent topic of waiting that I came across recently.

When "waiting" in my life, either actively or in my usual passive and panicked state, if I am honest, I have an idea, even a wish list, of what I am waiting for. I may think I am waiting with an open stance, but I am actually concrete in my hopes, and specific in the dreads I need avoided, thank you.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Aspects of Advent
By webmaster @ 12:01 AM :: 1771 Views :: 1 Comments :: Nina Frost
Your Advent-ure Just Started

The season of Advent began last Sunday, and like all church seasons, it can sneak up on our individual and distracted calendars and either make a difference in our lives... or not, depending on how receptive we are to the subtle gifts of seasonal cycles.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010
Shorthand for Slowing Down
By webmaster @ 12:01 PM :: 1626 Views :: 1 Comments :: Nina Frost
I have a new phrase that serves both to startle me and to slow me down. It is also potent theology. So I want to share it with you, for the same reasons.

It’s “ADL.” Not ADD! But ADL, as in “Activities of Daily Living.” I learned this shorthand while observing many of the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy sessions my father was undergoing as part of his rehabilitation for a brain injury. (He is doing much better thanks, in part, to these sessions.)
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Saturday, November 06, 2010
Crisis and Grace
By webmaster @ 12:01 PM :: 1564 Views :: 0 Comments :: Nina Frost
This is a post from a new land. I have not written in a while because since October 2, I have spent most of my time with my mother in Connecticut, where my father fell, hit his head badly and had bleeding on the brain. The first two weeks were spent at the hospital's ICU; now he in an acute care rehab, and I am continuing to help my mom visit him from their home.

All of you have your own versions of these moments: the times, sudden or inexorable, when everything shifts, priorities are realigned, and you run the gamut of emotions: shock, fear, adrenaline, grief, and the immediate need to step into crisis management, for however long that takes.
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Saturday, October 02, 2010
Your Tears and Your Truth
By webmaster @ 12:01 AM :: 2916 Views :: 1 Comments :: Nina Frost

There are lots of reasons to be part of a church community, but here are two core ones:

Having a place for tears and authenticity.

I was reminded of both last weekend, when my husband and I led the Marble Committed Couples retreat for the second year in a row. From the beginning, people shared from a place of deep truth—and many tears. This made for a time of palpable Presence, deep reassurance, and no small amount of humor, actually.

Being real will do that to and for you: it generates the full range of emotions that come from being fully alive. I recently heard a quote about retreats, but it also applies to other aspects of church life: “People are not coming for theology on retreats; they are coming for authenticity.”

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