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Kelly Chripczuk
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Have you ever lost something and, when you found it again, you wanted to do everything you could to keep from losing it again? That's how it is for me and joy. #joy   #contemplation   #spirituality  
What I Wish I'd Said
What I Wish I'd Said
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How did the rose
ever open its heart
and give to this world
all its beauty?
#nature   #presence #vocation   #fear   #contemplation  
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I painted this little plaque last year, based on a note I had taped above my painting station, "Keep showing up." My kids asked what it meant, and I said, "It means keep trying, keep being willing to be where you are, to start again in whatever moment you find yourself in."
#contemplation   #presence   #surrender   #blessing   #present  
Keep Showing Up
Keep Showing Up
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One would think a silent retreat, with death as your companion, would be The. Worst. But, it wasn’t. #death   #love   #contemplation   #vulnerability   #silence   #solitude  
What I Learned When I Was Dying
What I Learned When I Was Dying
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I follow the patterns step-by-step: fold, unfold, refold again. Even though I know the desired outcome, the path to completion’s often far from direct. Jumping ahead is not advisable, so I stay in the moment working slowly, one fold at a time. #God   #contemplation   #discernment  
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The 'absence of bickering' idea made its way into my sleepy brain, tickling my imagination. Putting on a grumpy voice (not unlike the voice I used to reprimand the boys earlier that morning), I growled out an impression of God policing behavior in heaven. “Hey, cut that out. No fighting allowed in here,” I said. #love   #joy   #parenting   #God  
God's Not Grumpy
God's Not Grumpy
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Dillard’s work makes me want to not only write better but live better. She writes as one who watches and listens before asking gentle, curious questions of the world around her. She reminds me of my daughter.

I was only three sentences in to her first essay when this small fact stuck its foot out, causing my imagination to stumble and pause:

“Sometimes [a weasel] lives in his den for two days without leaving.” #contemplation   #nature   #compassion   #writing   #life   #kindness  
My Daughter, Annie Dillard, and I
My Daughter, Annie Dillard, and I
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Jesus' words paired with prayer and coloring make a simple activity for you to enjoy alone or with a small group of individuals - kids will love it too. With hens, the longing and love are wide enough to gather all who are willing. The same is true, of God. #love   #scripture   #lent   #chickens   #prayer   #contemplaton  
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Braced for anger, his simple question startled me. “Why are you untying the colt?”

Why?

Why not, I thought. Why shouldn't we take whatever we needed to overthrow the Romans? Why try to explain the unexplainable to this dirty man in his dark hut?

Philip’s hand was still on my arm. I stared at the man, so solidly rooted to the ground, and remembered Jesus’ words, “If they ask why, tell them ‘the Lord needs it.’” #fiction   #lent   #scripture   #palmsunday  
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