Ordinary Friday? (A Poem for Holy Week)

Was it an ordinary Friday for some? Chores and meal prep? Betime stories and prayers? A typical Passover Maybe someone birthing a baby Some burying and grieving their dead Did they know? Were they caught up with the crush And rush of what’s happening to Jesus? What about those on the edges? In the country?Continue reading “Ordinary Friday? (A Poem for Holy Week)”

Dust to Dust: Ash Wednesday Reflection and Invitation

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Again and again I will repeat the phrase tonight; each time dipping my finger into the fine ash; my blackened finger marking the sign of the cross on each person’s forehead– reminder and sign. Today starts a stretch of 40 days (not including Sundays)Continue reading “Dust to Dust: Ash Wednesday Reflection and Invitation”

Yay! Prize Winners + Lent Details

Thanks to everyone who shared about Some Comfort and Joy…and WELCOME to our new followers. We’re so honored to share reflections and practices that can enrich your spiritual life. Congratulations to Claire and Julianne, winners of last week’s drawing. You will soon be receiving a special journal and fair trade candle to help set theContinue reading “Yay! Prize Winners + Lent Details”

Last Chance: Gift Drawing at End of Today!

The last chance to be entered in a gift drawing for sharing some Comfort and Joy with others is today, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. See the form below. Just share Comfort and Joy with a friend and let us know! Sherah-Leigh and I are so excited to share that we have reached 100 followers onContinue reading “Last Chance: Gift Drawing at End of Today!”

Share the news

Sherah-Leigh and I are excited to begin the new church season of Lent with all of you. We are looking for ways to spread the word during this Lent series. If you enjoyed our Advent series and are looking forward to our pictures, reflections, and ideas surrounding Lent – please share this link with friendsContinue reading “Share the news”

Wondering, Waiting, Wandering: Lent 2021

Ash Wednesday “is the most honest days of the church year,” writes pastor Liz Tichenor in her memoir The Night Lake. “When we come together and name that we’ve gone astray, name that we will die, name that now is the time to turn about together…” While this might not be the warmest of invitations,Continue reading “Wondering, Waiting, Wandering: Lent 2021”

Advent 2020 is past . . .

Thank you for following and reading Comfort and Joy for the Advent season. We hope you did find some encouragement and joy here the past weeks. The design of this blog, Comfort and Joy, is to follow the liturgical calendar, particularly during special seasons of the church calendar. So, we’ll be back with more reflections,Continue reading “Advent 2020 is past . . .”

Practice of Joy: Word of the Year (Matthew 2)

 “. . .they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” Matthew 2: 9&10 As you think about the new year ahead isContinue reading “Practice of Joy: Word of the Year (Matthew 2)”