Author: Renée Antrosio

unlearning our understanding

Do you see what I see? Unlikely. Scientists, prophets, and artists might all agree. What we believe shapes what we observe. We see what we expect. So how can we prepare our eyes to recognize a new reality? I’ve been taking to heart the Advent encouragement to open my eyes, to see differently. (If you missed Kevin’s

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Our Hands

Prepare. A turkey sandwich with Lawry’s seasoned salt, cranberry relish, and lots of lettuce for school lunch. Toast up a remaining bagel with layered lox. What is my plan for the leftover pie dough? So many possibilities as we recover from one holiday to anticipate the next. All holidays require preparation. Hm. That doesn’t sound very

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down in the dust, up in the tree

I’m not the type to greet newcomers at church. I like to roll in barely on time, slide into my regular seat to support the singers when they start, and be the first to scoot out the door after the final song. The grandma juggling the toddler, squirmy six year old, and teenagers with their

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Earning Our Reputation

I am a bit of a perfectionist. Well, perhaps that’s not possible. But I try to keep my perfectionist tendencies in check. And I am often aware of how imperfectly I manage this. :). Perfectionists aren’t easy to live with, or work for. We are hard on ourselves and others. The term has fallen out of style, probably because

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Mission Calling

“What keeps you up at night?” Besides sick kids, night sweats, indigestion, or general anxiety. Daniel Harris was talking about something else. Identifying your passion, your calling. Daniel stood out among the many brilliant speakers at the Chicago Christian Community Development Assoc. Conference; we strained to understand his words as the sole spokesperson with visible disabilities. But his

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A Small Something

I’m looking for light. Searching the sky, seeking the scriptures, opening my eyes. This morning I caught some of the sunrise, with the flag at half mast. I raise the blinds, supplement with vitamin D, go for a walk. Take advantage of every opportunity because these are evil times. Ephesians 5:16 (CEB) I feel the weight of the darkness, the chaos

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Memory

Remember. Fun times, happy occasions, the details of those we love. We are called to remember. Memory- for me, for most modern Americans- is an individual concept. Experiences in which we participated. We make memories, document and edit them in our photos, featuring our self(ies) for future reference. We worry about loss of memory. The biblical

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Spilling Over

Italy was the first place I saw a line on a wine glass, marking the appropriate pour of grappa. And I didn’t like it (the line. The grappa was fine.) Something in me bristles at the idea of imposing measurement on servers. Good bartenders cultivate relationships with guests, encouraging an experience of mutual sharing. Measuring reduces

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What is Love?

I try to wrap my mind around the idea of a life, moment to moment, focused on love. When I get up in the morning, whom do I love? As we work, as we drive, as we meet people, as we plan, as we attend to all the tasks that come our way- is love

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Outside Our Circle

We keep worrying about the same things. Who’s on the list? (Are we? Are they??) Why wasn’t so-and-so there? Moses summoned seventy elite elders to the tent of meeting for a special anointing from the Lord. Eldad and Medad were registered. But they didn’t show up. They were back in the camp. Perhaps tending wives

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