It’s been quite a week around the Internet, as we engage in discussions following the aftermath of the sad events in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, and beyond. I don’t get political here on this blog—or even controversial, really—and I don’t plan to start now.
But I really, really, really believe in helping refugees, both because I’m a Christian and I believe this (meaning, helping refugees) is one of the few things that is clearly spelled out in our holy writ, and also because it’s simply the right, good, and true thing to do. The issue is complicated, for sure, and this isn’t the space to get in to all that.
I do know, though, that readers of this blog speak with their choices, and I love that. So many of you have bought our Live Simply tees, with profits directly going to refugee efforts with World Vision, Doctors Without Borders, and International Rescue Committee. Thank you. So much.
Our next round of proceeds from tees (and hoodies! And sweatshirts! And tank tops!) will go organizations run by very dear friends of ours. Preemptive Love, led by Jeremy Courtney (whom I had on our previous podcast—and I’ll get him on again), helps confront fear in the Middle East with acts of love. Home of Hope (remember Brady and Amber Black on a recent podcast episode?) helps care for refugee children in Beirut.
Start your holiday shopping by giving with meaning—these tees are comfy, come in great colors, and are ethically made. Make wise daily choices with your dollars!
• Dear daughters (on keeping Christmas simple): “So in an attempt to relieve those special holidays from all our unfair expectations … let’s start by promising each other that we won’t lean on gifts to express affection. No ridiculous spending. No fretful catalog stalking late into the night wondering how to get it all done on a limited budget. And no pinteresting impossible, expensive crafts to make with our little uncrafty hands. Christmas is not meant to be that kind of BIG DEAL.” by Susie Davis
• A low-maintenance parents’ guide to art projects: “There are lots of options on the internet if you’re looking for ways to encourage creativity in your kiddos. But many of these options begin with something like, ‘Creative play with kids is so easy! First, go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby or online or what-have-you and buy these 23 items and then…’ And by that point, I’m done.” by Tish Harrison Warren via The Queso
• Just filibuster (my strategy for the hardest mornings): “Because on those kinds of mornings, I have to tell you, it takes everything in me not to just let things slide; to say, ‘OK,’ and go tackle the closet that has all the things falling out of it. Or curl up with a book and tea and forget to put real pants on at all.” by Kara Anderson
• A prayer for those who are grieving: This is the best thing I’ve read that goes right to the heart of anyone in mourning from the recent tragedies. “For those who have witnessed the kind of scenes that could haunt for a lifetime, we pray for a sanctified memory and a holy imagination. Release them from the haunting, we pray.” by Emily Freeman
• …And finally, in case you missed it, here’s my compendium post on (in)courage about the spiritual side of ‘Why?’ to Advent. (It pairs beautifully with my how-to Advent post here earlier in the week.)
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop