Author: Renée Antrosio

listening, breathing

Vitality. Are you feeling it today? Gray skies, bad news on the airwaves, daily frustrations, and planks in our own eyes. Listening to a conversation with Rabbi Nahum Ward-Lev leads me back to YHWH, the Living Presence, perhaps pronounced as the sound of our breath. I found myself wanting to rewind and listen again. They

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embraced by love

God always loves us with a greater love than we have for ourselves.* This assertion surprised me. Do I believe it? Do you? Describing my experience in the desert mountains as a kind of mini-sabbatical, I was grateful to explore my renewed sense of energy and purpose. My nun asked if perhaps this was Jesus’ Christmas

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Reset, Refuel

The wind in the Chisos Mountains basin blows through my brain, clearing out my thoughts, leaving awe and empty space. I couldn’t imagine this place. We’d been off-grid for a few days in the silence of the desert. More camping, more hiking, seemed perhaps beyond us. Saturated with beauty, I worried we were too tired

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all our senses

My orchids are re-blooming. Some sending up a tiny new shoot, while others have seven gorgeous blossoms. I sip my hot tea, cradling the mug in my hands, looking out on a cold and snowy day. What are my senses telling me about the world? We announce to you what existed from the beginning, what

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savoring some silence

The quiet of having adult children home, nestled in their rooms, feels different than an empty-nested house. My dining room table is ringed with silent figurines of carolers, mouths open mid-song, and crowded with post-it labeled gifts. I am indulging my dislike of shopping by searching my shelves for items to wrap for family members

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work to do

As the hyper-responsible oldest girl in my family, eager to please parents and teachers, growing up as a good American Christian, I said yes to responsibilities. Lead a Bible study- yes. Prayer group at noon- yes. Leadership team- yes. In our society, responses to requests to take on tasks are often gendered. Women tend to

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why risk?

Advent is the season of hope, expectant waiting, which is always a choice of faith in these darkening days. Sometimes our Advent theme comes early. Someone suggests a song, an image, a phrase to focus our minds and hearts. This year I was kept waiting, such that some wondered if Advent would even happen, since

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boundless generosity

The Interfaith Grateful Gathering has become a treasured Thanksgiving tradition, and I was humbled and honored to contribute a prayer this year at Bethel AME. The mood was joyful as we joined in gratitude to be together and give thanks to our Creator. I chose Suellen Shay’s poem Boundless generosity to express praise and articulate

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wholehearted

I woke up Monday morning and decided to drive to Chicago. I wanted to see my oldest (adult) kid; it had been too long since we were together in person. Spontaneity is a muscle that weakens without regular exercise. Could I just decide and do it? Check the calendar, water the plants, fill the gas

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rich toward God

Some of us are one rent payment away from eviction. Some of us are receiving Illinois property tax rebates. Some of us are selecting Medicare supplemental insurance, while others are opening their child’s first savings account.  “A certain rich man’s land produced a bountiful crop. He said to himself, What will I do? I have

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