Voices in the Wilderness

Following with my last post about resting in the wilderness, I felt the need to expand the metaphors a bit, and to try to clearly express what I’m saying when I say wilderness, and when I say Sabbath. So today I’m going into one of the primary aspects of the wilderness.

This also has the potential to be one of my most Bible heavy posts, and I’m going to do my best not to get caught up into the academia, and lose sight of how this deeply true image impacts our lives. Continue reading “Voices in the Wilderness”

A Sabbath in the Wilderness?

I like knowing where I’m going. For the most part. There was a season of my life when going “wherever the wind takes me” was enough. But that was a younger, and possibly more fun Luke. But since I’ve gotten this handy smartphone with a built in GPS I like controlling where I’m going and how I’m gonna get there. Gone are the days of missing the right turn and going the long way around.

Over the past couple of months with transitions and a bit of disorientation I’ve felt like I’ve left the domain of a GPS led life. Instead of having a strict destination and an estimated time of arrival I’ve turned onto a side street and unplugged the guiding voice of performance and expectations. I have no idea where this path will lead, or how long it will go, but I do know that right now it’s the right place for me to be. Continue reading “A Sabbath in the Wilderness?”

As things come to a close

About three months ago I determined to write a blog post once a week for the rest of the year. I’ve accomplished that self-assigned task. It’s felt really good to continue to work at this craft and see what happens when I continually set my mind to the work of creating something new. I’ve been really happy that I haven’t had to stare a blank screen too long, too often, though there have been many times when a paragraph or two have been written and then totally deleted.  Continue reading “As things come to a close”

Being Tired

Is anyone else out of juice?

Like, does anyone else just want to nap for a week?

Can anyone else feel their tank exhausted except for some fumes that need to keep things running until there’s a gas station to refill at, but that gas station never seems to appear?

Whether it’s because of end of semester finals at school, work stress before taking some much needed vacation, the planning for the family Christmas celebration, or some combination of all of them, I think as a whole this time really gets people to the end of their rope. Continue reading “Being Tired”

Advent + Aslan

I’ve finished the Chronicles of Narnia. I read the last page of The Last Battle yesterday. It’s been such a good experience reading through those amazing stories again. As I wrote about last week the power in those books have been palpable to me. There is a reason why those stories seem to stick with peole after they read them. I’m thinking that reading through that series will now be a regular tradition for me in the season from Thanksgiving to Christmas. In fact I can’t think of a series more appropriate to be read through Advent. The hope and longing it stirred in me was great. Continue reading “Advent + Aslan”

Walking with Aslan

For me, when the weather starts to get chilly, and the snow begins to fall, it is time to read for fun. Time to put down some of the more academic books, the personal reflection books, and have a time to read for fun. And if I’m going to read for fun, I’m going to read some children stories set in a fantasy land. My go to’s are Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia. So over the past couple of weeks I’ve been rereading the Chronicles of Narnia series. Continue reading “Walking with Aslan”