1. There’s a song we’ve been singing at church called “That I May Please You.” It’s really simple melodically and lyrically, based on part of Hebrews 10: “I deserve much worse than this/I have trampled underfoot/And regarded as unclean Your Spirit and Your blood.” It goes on like this, a confession and a prayer to be made clean and whole, and why? “That I may please You and exalt You/In my body and my mind.” The phrase “in my body and my mind” has really stuck with me, especially as in this year I feel like I’m really starting to get that God actually cares about what I do with my body and how I feel about it–that He wants me to eat well and exercise and be chaste because my body belongs to Him, not me. Same goes for how I think and what I think about. So. This has been a good prayer for me.
2. But it’s also a cry of praise, because I do sin in my body and my mind. I deserve much worse than what I receive. But God has washed me clean and is making me whole. Hallelujah.
3. It’s baseball season, which means my mom has spent a lot of time shouting at the TV lately.
4. To paraphrase the excellent rapper Propaganda, sometimes the evangelical Internet makes me very upset, but I ain’t gave up on it yet.
5. I’ve tweeted about this, but after following the tag #YesAllWomen on Twitter, I’m really, really thankful that I’m surrounded by a bunch of people who would defend and love me and not blame or ignore or condemn me if I were ever sexually assaulted. (And I hope that I am, by the Spirit, someone who would do the same to anyone else.)
6. Thursday is the feast of the ascension, because it’s 40 days after Easter and that’s the timeline Luke gives us for when Jesus went back to His Father. He’s in heaven praying for us, which is always a comforting thought to me. The thing that continues to blow my mind about it is that Jesus still has a body–He’s not a disembodied spirit, He didn’t just dissolve into the ether, He’s still fully human and that means living in a body, and the separation of the body and soul is, well, death, and He already did that once. :) I don’t know exactly what implication that has for what kind of place heaven is, other than that it’s a place. But isn’t that great? Jesus still has skin and bones and blood, albeit glorified, post-resurrection skin and bones and blood.
7. Here’s a fun thing, too: In the Anglican tradition the three days before the ascension are called rogation days. In the old days the priest would go out and walk people’s property boundaries to both semi-officially mark where people’s property began and ended, but also pray for them to have a good harvest and planting season. That tradition remains in the Book of Common Prayer, because this week it has us praying for people who harvest the land and the water–farmers and fishers and ranchers and everyone who grows and raises and gets our food for us. I don’t always practice this well, but I want to be really aware that people had to plant or harvest or slaughter (!) or catch or cook or process my food, and to pray for their well-being. And not just to pray, but to work for it.
8. I’ve been growing my hair out. It’s been ages since it’s been this long, and it’s gotten to a point when I can start experimenting with it, which is kind of cool.
9. Current favorite things: The “dance” category on The Kid Should See This; the track “Daywalkers” on Crimson Cord by the aforementioned Propaganda and its lyric namedropping Tim Keller and Outkast in the same breath; cold-brewed iced coffee; drinking coffee with friends.
10. In short, God has made the physical world for His glory and our benefit, and a good part of holiness consists in caring for it, including our own bodies. The physical world is broken and needs repair; it is beautiful and demands attention; Jesus gives us both. So drink some water, get some sleep, and give thanks.