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Author: Kristin Fontaine

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Timely Aid

“This got me thinking about how important help and support can be in life in general. Even though I could tell I was injured, it took consulting with professionals to help truly assess the scope of the injury. I couldn’t do it alone, even though I was the one feeling the pain.”

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Running on Idle

“Another option, instead of replaying chosen memories, is to use intentional prayer as a focus. That turns my attention away from the tapes my brain wants to run and towards thinking about God and ways that my relationship with God can help me work in the world.”

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Apology, Atonement, and Forgiveness

“A big part of atonement is doing the work because it is the right thing to do, rather than as a way to ‘earn’ forgiveness. To my mind, forgiveness is more about the harmed person coming to terms with the damage that was done to them and reaching a point where they are at peace.”

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The Drift of Memory

“Given this experience, I think it is very valuable to go back and re-read the actual text from time-to-time and not just rely on my memories of the stories of the Bible, especially since I’ve seen how my own inner-storyteller is willing to edit, adapt, and transform the narratives without my even realizing it.”

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Timely Aid

“Requests for help are spread throughout the Book of Common Prayer. Sometimes we ask for direct help for ourselves, sometimes we ask for strength to help others. Help is shown as merciful and joyful.”

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Death in Life

“We each get a lifetime, and while we don’t get too choose how long it will be, we can choose, to some extent, what to do with it.”

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Making Space

“For us, the empty table is welcoming. It facilitates creativity and crafting because there is room to get right to work without having to clean and clear a space.”

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Permission to Rest

“Weekly worship and intentional quiet time can both provide a meaningful pause in the rushing about that everyday life can encourage. Those pauses can give me space to be intentional about how I am choosing to spend my time doing and if those choices are sustainable.”

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Looking for Joy

“Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth, think of the Lord in goodness and seek him with sincerity of heart;~Wisdom 1:1”

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