Sabbath Moments

I sit under the patio umbrella as the white sky begins a gentle mist. I do this every day after work, this sitting. It’s a deep breath, a time for soul to catch up with body. This ritual helps unite the stories of the day’s labor with the other stories of my life—stories of family and laundry and cooking dinner and sipping the wine of each ordinary moment.

Who knows how many times she stealthily visited while I sat just so, eyes blind? One day she flew too close and, surprising us both, hovered just at eye level before ghosting away—flash of emerald and blurred wings. A Ruby-throated hummingbird. Only the males have the ruby throat, this is how I knew her gender. For, she often hovers before me, in-between floral draughts, exposing her white neck unapologetically. Does she know she is beautiful, even without a ruby necklace? The very air under her wings draws breath when she appears.

I recognize her voice now. Before each dip of her long beak into nectared vase, she breathes a tiny chirrup, a gentle inhale before sipping deeply. I barely dare to breathe, for she is timorous and if I move too much, she might startle away.

Today, I wait for her the way I wait for dolphins by the sea, the way I wait for falling stars: still, expectant. When finally she comes, wings thrumming in the rain, I am happy. Soul and body are one again.

Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World

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Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World is the story of how a simple invitation to play can open our eyes to joy and call us back to an intimate relationship with God.

Do you remember when you first fell in love? When you fell in love with Jesus, was it much the same? Did you spend countless hours poring over Scripture? Did sleep suddenly seem mundane as you rose at pre-dawn each day to meet with him? Was every sunset an expression of his love and did every sermon hold a secret message just for you? Isn't this the place we all long to return to within our spiritual lives? We desire the bliss of an intimate, unrestrained love relationship with God.

Playdates with God is the story of how, when we step out of our ordinary grown-up lives and set aside time for wonder, we open our hearts to be wooed back to our first love—to the excitement we felt when we first fell in love with Jesus. But this is more than a story about falling in love.

It’s about staying in love.

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