A Meditation on Time

Hello from a blustery Oklahoma! 🥶

I hope you are staying healthy and warm. We’ve received close to 8” of snow here at the homestead over the last few days, with temperatures reaching all the way down to -14. Needless to say, we’re not accustomed to that big of a blast of cold. To make matters a little more complicated, the cold air has decided to stick around for longer than usual. So, it’s been a bit of a “hunker down and wait it out” type of season we’re going through. Our only focus has been to keep the water pipes from freezing, keep the animals as warm as we can, and keep wood in the fireplace.

But it looks like the end is near. With temps expected to reach the 60’s next week, this uncomfortable stretch of weather will be a distant memory.

This week marks the beginning of Lent. With all the crazy weather and COVID still going on, I’ve had a lot of time to sit, read and think this week. Here are some things that crossed my desk that I thought you might like.

  • I wrote a post for the start of Lent called A Meditation on Time. One of the focuses of Lent is a reflection on mortality. This post is my attempt to do that. If you don’t have a chance to read the full essay, at least do yourself a favor and watch the video at the end titled In The Blink of an Eye: Space in an Instant.

  • I came across an essay by Kevin Simler called Here Be Sermons. I think a lot about the art of the sermon. Simler does a fantastic analysis on the purpose and philosophy behind them. Specifically, his closing set of lines is something to think about: “Where do you want to hang your hat and lay your head? Is it good for others to join you? There’s your sermon; let them hear it.”

  • I’m currently re-reading The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God’s Creation by Joe Salitin. It’s probably one of my favorite books on farming because it’s not really about farming - it’s a theological thesis. He marks his thesis out in the opening chapter: “…all of God’s creation, the physical world, is an object lesson of spiritual truth.” Through this book, I’ve learned to see the natural world in a much deeper way.

The weather may be uncomfortable now, but a new season is always right around the corner, ready to usher in new adventures, challenges, and lessons for us. If you are going through an uncomfortable season at the moment, may you find a way to sit comfortably in the uncomfortableness, and may your reflections yield newfound wisdom for your life.

I hope you have a great week. Stay safe and warm, my friends.