Eye Opening

WWAM036When my wife and I had found out we were expecting our first child a few years ago, my parents said to me, “Now, you will all of a sudden begin to notice pregnant women wherever you go.”  And that turned out true!  Often we are so unaware of what’s going on around us until something triggers us to become aware of some aspect.  Once that happens, we can’t help but notice it.

I wonder if that’s what’s happening.  Just look at this list of recently published faith-work related items I’ve come across just today.

Is this a new trend, and am I a part of that trend?  Or has there always been this movement of faith and work and am I now becoming aware of it?

And thus grows and grows the list of books to read….  🙂


Luther on Vocation 10

luther on vocationIn The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work,” Kathleen Norris shows the sacredness of the so-called mundane in as beautiful a prose as I’ve encountered.  Almost like that of Frederick Buechner.

In Luther on Vocation, Gustaf Wingren says Luther, too, had a related insight: “For him who heeds his vocation, sanctification is hidden in offensively ordinary [i.e., mundane] tasks.”

(And this is why, concludes Luther, it is wrongheaded to hold up the “monastic life” as superior to “drab and lowly tasks which seem less remarkable…”  Well, wrongheaded is my word.  Luther is harsher, using words like “evil” and “devil” to refer to the monastic life.  Not sure if I would have liked him had I known him personally.  🙂