Welcome to another gathering of great reads discovered this week:
Imperfections Make Sundays More Beautiful, HT to Challies. “I’ll admit it: these human quirks and errors sometimes exasperate me. I’m here to focus on the Lord! Your awkwardness is distracting me from worship! So mutters my self-righteous heart. Perhaps the real problem isn’t with the clumsiness of others, but with our expectations for corporate worship.”
The Bible: Reading the “Ordinary” Way, HT to Challies. Good thoughts about taking the Bible “literally,” how metaphor is used, etc.
Are You Different Enough? 5 Ways to Use Differences in Your Relationship.
The 17 Phrases That ‘Scare’ Introverts the Most, HT to Lisa. This was posted before Halloween, thus the “scary” faces.
Heartwarming Photos of Acts of Kindness, HT to Lisa.
Back to the Sources, HT to Linda, on cases of what were probably inadvertent plagiarisms by Christian authors (see the comments for how it could possibly have happened).
The 2018 Modern Mrs Darcy Gift Guide for Book Lovers, HT to Linda.
As we look ahead to Thanksgiving in the US this week:
There seems to be a theme running through most of the posts I’ve read concerning Thanksgiving so far this year: the fact that thankfulness isn’t an emotion, but an act of the will, and not always easy. Here are a few:
Gratitude Is a Gift for All Seasons. “To intentionally call to mind images of gratitude in the midst of peace and prosperity is one thing, but it takes a sinewy faith to summon them when chaos reigns and the future looks bleak.”
Being Grateful Ain’t Always Easy (Or Is It Just Me?)
Thankfulness From Those Who Suffer.
Time Out for Thanksgiving
For some Thanksgiving fun:
Free printable Thanksgiving trivia, for use as a game or conversation starter
Thanksgiving Word Search Place Cards, HT to Laura.
And, finally, a couple of my favorite Thanksgiving quotes: