How to Respond to News of a Miscarriage – Laura Ziesel writes helpful advice:
HT: Seemingly Random, a real-life friend who has also written helpful thoughts on the subject as she experiences her own grief.
What Lack Of Sleep Does To Your Spirit – This excellent Huffington Post piece summarizes and elaborates many of the lessons I’ve been learning about rest over the last couple of years.
“The need for sleep challenges our obsession with control. Sleep forces us to let go. So much is beyond our control while we sleep. We can’t check our e-mail or Facebook; we can’t make transactions; we can’t make connections or plans; we can’t even think about doing anything.
Sleep confronts us with our limitations. Instead of acknowledging our needs and limitations simply as part of life on this planet, we recoil at the slightest whiffs of vulnerability. Part of our disdain of our own and others’ aging bodies, with our growing need for recovery time and rest, is a failure to come to terms more broadly with human finitude and dependency. We pump our bodies full of stimulants, shirk off sleep, bow to the merciless gods of productivity and fancy ourselves invincible.
The seventh day in the Genesis account of creation speaks to this truth, as Sabbath rest is deemed a holy part of the whole creation. In Genesis, even God rests. When we scorn sleep, we get out of tune with the rest of creation, playing a dissident and foreign countermelody.
Sleep is not for the weak; it is for the mortal. When we seek to defy our human finitude by overriding sleep, we harm not only our own bodies but also the broader community. Our constant striving, our unrelenting production and consumption, gives no one else room for rest either — not the land and not its laborers.”
10 ways to have a horrible first date if you’re a Christian. – Jon Acuff writes at Stuff Christians Like. This isn’t deep or thought-provoking, just funny. #6 made me laugh out loud. For reals. The rest are funny, but this one takes the cake:
6. Tell them your love language is ferrets.
Owning ferrets, breeding ferrets, racing ferrets in a small ferret-sized version of the Kentucky Derby. Not words of affirmation. Not quality time. Ferrets.