Sometimes, I wonder if I emerged from the womb and immediately began to worry about sleeping arrangements, from where my next meal would come... would there always be this much light?  I'd spent 9 months in a comfort zone and suddenly my entire world was upended. 
The genetic lean is toward anxiety and I'm tempted to board the runaway train... daily. This past Sunday morning, my Iphone screen time report stated that my usage was down 82% from the previous week... checking CDC statistics, Mi.Gov stats, families affected by Co-vid19 and those who grieved from a distance.  What is Co-vid and exactly how does it affect the human body?  The statistics are reported once daily but I checked multiple times because... well, who knows?  The numbers might climb exponentially and there might be a necessity for multiple daily reports.

On Sunday morning, I clicked on yet another link... and the names of those in attendance began to scroll beneath the altar - words of greeting, comfort, blessing, of the absolute joy of spending virtual worship together; and I wept.  Music spoke beyond the wordless chasm, a message of hope from one vulnerable enough to speak her struggle aloud.  Glimpses of Grace from a world beyond my own and yet, I found connection in the vulnerability and courage that it takes to be human. 
Once again, Jesus pulled me from the waters churning and placed me on solid ground.  He places me among the humble and the hungry, the intellects and the inquisitive, the literalists and the lovers of mystery, the compassionate and the cared for, the doubters and the doers.  He placed me among the strands of this exquisite prayer shawl called church where I am reminded that I am not alone.  God is in our midst.  He dwells in certainty, comfort, love, and hope.  To that newborn, I can answer with complete certainty... in hearts collective... in His Presence, your world will always be filled with this much light.
Trust in God at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.  ~Psalm 62:8
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6th Grade                   Tuesdays             April 7 through May 19            4:00 - 4:45

7th Grade                   Wednesday         April 8 through May 20             3:00-4:00 p 
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8th Grade                   Wednesday                                                       4:00-5:00 p
Time: Apr 8, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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High School                Thursdays                                                       4:00 - 5:00 p
Time: Apr 9, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Free Printable: “Guide to Self-Care for Families Together at Home”

Here’s a free printable for families of all shapes and sizes, chock full of practical ideas for how to survive and thrive in this time of sheltering together at home.  It’s written by the amazing Jonas Ellison, one of the most-read spiritual writers on Medium.  Amended from last year's, "Summer Guide to Self-Care for Busy Families," this resource is peppered with evocative biblical verses, full of lovely theological ideas, and divided into three sections: 1) simple activities that take no prep time at all; 2) medium-sized (but still doable!) suggestions; and 3) big ideas that can help enrich family life over time (but hopefully not for too long!).  
LENT -     Psalm 23

Discuss:  Gratitude is one of the foundations of the life of faith.  Gratitude actually rewires your brain. Over time, focusing on what's good in your life and offering gratitude for it has been shown to improve sleep quality, fight depression, and provide a whole host of mental and physical health benefits.

*How does your family do at expressing gratitude?
*How does that affect your family life?
*Is gratitude to God always the right move?  What about trivial things?  

Keep a gratitude journal. You can each keep your own, in which you write an agreed upon number of things (5? 10?) giving thanks.  Or, maybe you can put up a family whiteboard or piece of paper, and each day contribute to a master gratitude list for that day. Bonus point if you give thanks for other members of the family and tell them about it.  

CONFIDENTIAL TO KIDS:  Your parents are working hard.  Like, really hard. Say thank you for what they do once in a while.

CONFIDENTIAL TO PARENTS:  We know it seems like nothing compared to the worries and work you have every day, but try to remember that one way or another your kids are working hard.  Like, really hard. Say thank you once in a while.

LENT 2020

1308 Leroy St.  Jackson
Fall - Remove all carpet
         Remove kitchen cupboards
         Remove tiles on kitchen wall
         Remove basement walls    (almost complete)
         Remove basement ceiling tiles
Winter - Entire interior (ceilings) primed to cover deep colors
             (Wash walls first)
Spring - Rake back yard
             Remove concrete retaining wall from side of driveway
             Paint basement
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 
                                        ~Psalm 34:4  

6th  GRADE - Tuesday 3:15-5:30 p.m. 

7th & 8th GRADE - Wednesday 3:15-5:30 p.m.  

Middle School and High School Food Donations 

If you are running late, just let me know.  Otherwise, I run to the bakery to make sure there is something on the island when they arrive.  Thank you for your generosity.  It truly does fuel the time together.