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In the coming weeks, we are asking each of you to submit to us "mindful moments" to be shared with one another. If you have a video, passage, song, or exercise that helps you remain "in the moment" and centered during this time, I encourage you to share it with me at greenday@vt.edu 

May 11, 2020

Distracti-Baking!

The newest craze and comfort for many has been given a title by the New York Times: "Distracti-Baking"! It's the reason why flour mills are working around the clock and grocery stores are fresh out of any kind of yeast (except pizza yeast, and who knows what to do with that?!) People all over the globe can't stop baking during lock-down...

So, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?! Today's Mindful Monday is geared toward providing you info on a hobby that's not just a calming distraction, but that also fills the table with homemade goodies! And while indulging in some comforting distracti-baking, 

I invite you to take a moment to recognize the spiritual connection.

Preparing and sharing a meal together is seen throughout Scripture as a way to connect with one another, rejoice in the Grace of God, and take part in His abundance. To this day, we honor what is perhaps the most important meal ever shared together - the Last Supper. 

Here are some video recipes to get you started on baking and connecting with God and with one another. Or click here for some New York Times recipes  - and share a picture of your finished products with us to be highlighted in future week's e-blasts! Happy baking, and Peace Be With You All!

May 5, 2020

HAPPY MONDAY! First thing's first: we're gonna start this day and week off with "Some Good News" guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Watch, enjoy, and then head below for more Mindful Monday moments!  

Be Not Afraid

I remember hearing once in Sunday School that the Bible references some iteration of the phrase "do not be afraid" exactly 365 times - once for every day of the year. (**As a side note, a fun and helpful exercise during quarantine might be to print out each of these verses and place them in a jar so you can pull one out each day to read and be reminded of God's continuous comfort).  

Nadia Bolz-Weber gave a sermon on this topic in mid-March that she titles "Be Not Afraid' -- um yeah, ok...". Her point being that NOT being afraid is often much easier said than done. I don't know about anyone else, but I can relate to that sentiment right about now. (Read her full sermon by clicking here. She is also offering free subscriptions to her interactive blog right now; the information is listed under the sermon text.)

So let's all just acknowledge that it's not always easy to have peace amidst the storm, but we're trying our best, and we'll keep trying our best, and that's ok. And there's lots of resources out there to help us keep traveling along the path that God's laid before us. Click here to check out the ELCA's "Book of Faith"  initiative and resources, or reference a previous adult faith formation novel, "Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado.  It's no secret that I also absolutely adore Louie Giglio and so I offer to you below a video of one of his most recent speeches about the pandemic titled "What Now?".  

I wish all of you a great week filled with encouragement and hope, and remember that, as Louie Giglio says, "there is glory in the daily grind", so let's get to work!  - Kayley

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