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Articles for April 2014 

Apr 30, 2014

Just Breathe

Jennifer Castle

My friend Sara had major surgery on Monday morning.  On Monday evening, her husband contacted me asking whether I could come spend a few hours with her on Tuesday in the hospital as their plans for coverage had fallen through.  I told him that I would have loved to help, but I had two work meetings that I needed to attend during that time.  It felt terrible to turn him…  MORE >>

Topics: Devotionals

Apr 25, 2014

A Slow Resurrection

Jennifer Castle

Has the wonder and joy of Easter permeated your life this week?  I confess that I still feel stuck in Lent.  Maybe it is the record rain we have had in Seattle, but I'm not feeling the joy bubbling over quite yet.  It feels a little disappointing not to have an instant attitude adjustment, as I was hoping to be awash in the joy of Eastertide by now.  And yet, when I stop…  MORE >>

Topics: Devotionals

Apr 17, 2014

Embracing Darkness

Jennifer Castle

This Holy week I have been doing a lot of thinking about darkness, thanks to a recent interview I read with Barbara Brown Taylor.  I am a fan of her preaching and writing, and am looking forward to reading her new book called Learning to Walk in the Dark. This is how she defines darkness in the interview:

Darkness is everything I do not know, cannot control, and am…  MORE >>

Topics: Devotionals

Apr 11, 2014

Recognizing Jesus

Jennifer Castle

I recently came across these powerful words from one of my favorite writers and theologians, Frederick Buechner, about Jesus appearing to the disciples after the resurrection:

I believe that although the two disciples did not recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus recognized them, that he saw them as if they were the only two people in the world. And I believe that the…  MORE >>

Topics: Devotionals
Articles for April 2014