holy week 2017: realities of life’s 3 day weekend

kathyescobar advent & lent, faith shifts, healing 0 Comments

Today is Good Friday and in a little bit I’m heading over to The Refuge for our contemplative Stations of the Cross, Refuge-style. This is an important day that wasn’t a big part of my Christian experience until a chunk of years ago. I was part of churches that, on the whole, focused all their energy on Easter services and doing whatever they possibly could to get more people in the doors that day; they consistently skipped over Good Friday and Holy Saturday completely. I love …

the cross, this year

kathyescobar advent & lent, incarnational, jesus is cool, spiritual formation 11 Comments

every year for the past few years i’ve written about the cross & what it means to me.  last year i just reposted the previous year with a few twists.  this year, i decided to start over and reflect on where i am this year. these are just some thoughts off the top of my head, where i am today in the midst of all kinds of life & refuge wild and craziness (what’s new?), in a season of my faith that feels free-er and more …

the cross re-dux

kathyescobar advent & lent, jesus is cool, spiritual formation 14 Comments

*i wrote this post last easter.  really, i think i’d probably just write the same one again. it’s been a wild week here, friends hurting & hospitalized & all kinds of other nuttiness that keeps bringing me back to reality.  to the here and now.  to the preciousness of life.  for my desperate need for hope.  for a thankfulness that good friday is not the end of the story. * * * * * to me, holy week is about downward mobility as a path to …