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Kelly Chripczuk
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When the passage assigned
is hard and sharp,
solid, like stone,
I try to crack it with
my mind vice. Stuck,
I also apply the pressure
of commentaries - three -
each striking from different
angles. #poems   #preaching   #scripture  

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The thing that struck me most was his moustache. It takes a certain kind of moustache to attract the attention of a driver passing by with a van full of noise and need at twenty miles an hour. #moustache   #words   #gumption   #with   #attention  

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Love opens doors, makes way, and helps us remember what we set out to do, who we wanted to be, when we ourselves have forgotten. And if we don’t have enough love of our own, all we need to do is follow someone else’s, to sit for a while in the glow of their passion and delight. #love   #passion  

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Grown men don't often walk around with baby quilts draped over their shoulders, but this one does, and as I write I'm reminded of those pictures of Christ the good shepherd walking with a lamb draped over his shoulders. In those pictures that lamb is you, is me, is us - we who're being carried, wrapped in those incarnate arms of love.
#love   #God    #incarnation   #parenting  

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My 18 month-old twins saunter through the house with swaggering bravado like two black-hats straight out of the lawless west. Working together, they form a mafia-esque crime-ring, a rebellious conspiracy against law and order and decency. #love   #parenting   #twins   #toddlers  

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Love, my friends, is a falling, floundering thing. To love another, to be in and for love, is to consent to live continually off-balance. Love is a leaning, plunging leap, a heart-pounding lunge that leaves your stomach in your throat and the only danger is that we would come to prefer the safety of solid ground over this sensation of continual plummet. #love   #parenting  

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It's finally here - read the story behind my new website :)
"I want to help others learn to live in and listen beyond the surface of their days, to begin to discover the heartbeat of God that rolls like a steady drum beneath the peaks and valleys of daily life. I want to tell stories that explore the possibilities of God’s presence, that illuminate the incarnational realities of God’s dwelling in our midst. As such, I want to open and share with you the joys, sorrows, hopes and heartaches of This Contemplative Life."

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The beauty of the word moved me as did the concern and care evident in the therapist's voice. The fluttering word landed inside my chest, opening and closing its gentle wings and I gazed upon its intricate beauty as I continued my own careful stretching, flexing and bending. #tender   #kind   #listening  

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It's that time again! Enjoy a Writers' Day Away in scenic Boiling Springs, PA led by Author, Editor and Writing Coach Andi Cumbo-Floyd. Spaces are limited, reserve yours now! #retreats   #writing  

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The word relish hung between us like some gorgeous, ripe fruit swaying on a low-hanging branch. Relish is a rich word, luxurious like dark chocolate and red wine. The act of relishing, though, is utterly foreign to me. The act of relishing sits like caviar on a cracker – I don’t know what to do with it, don’t know if I even want to try. #enjoy   #relish   #presence   #joy  
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