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This Week in the Reformed Journal: Seasons Change

This Week in the Reformed Journal: Seasons Change
By Jeff Munroe, Editor • Issue #80 • View online
Dear Friends,
Monday was Labor Day in the U.S., the end of summer in many people’s minds, and I thought Sharon Nelson Arendshorst’s “Our Last Week at Loonsong Cabin” was a perfect end of summer story. Many of you noted how beautifully it was written, which I agree with. But what you may not have noticed was the whole piece was a poem. Sharon used a Japanese style of poetry called a haibun, which combines prose and haiku. The prose provided the backstory for the emergence of each haiku. I mentioned last week I like to mix things up a bit as editor and this was definitely me mixing it up. I knew ahead of time that this wouldn’t create a long list of comments like almost anything that touches on the culture wars does. I don’t care. I get tired of the polarized ranting and love to luxuriate in beautiful language as we note the passing of the seasons. I do hope you took the time to read and enjoy Sharon’s words. 

Our Last Week at Loonsong Cabin
The change of seasons is an integral part of Rebecca Sears’s poem “Mirabilia, in the garden.” I learned a new word when I listened to the poetry podcast focused on this poem, and if you want to learn a new word, and have this poem opened to you in unexpected ways, take a listen. And don’t miss “There was, and is,” Rebecca’s other poem this week, with its focus on the meaning of being a mother. 
Mirabilia, in the Garden
There was, and is
Every few days, we add new articles to our site in our “Around the Web” feature. Many of you commented to me this week that you especially appreciated one of those articles, “Walter Brueggemann: How to read the Bible on homosexuality.” Brueggemann’s stature as one of our foremost biblical scholars gives his article gravitas, and I’m grateful you’re noticing what we share. 
Being the editor and choosing favorite blog pieces is about as wise as choosing favorite children. There’s really no upside to doing it and I need to say that I greatly appreciate all our writers and their contributions. But may I also say I was charmed by Laura de Jong’s somewhat whimsical yet also very serious post “For Want of a Wand and a Fly Swatter”? What a great title! And what a wonderful article. 
For Want of a Wand and a Fly Swatter
As always, there is much more at our home page.
Blessed Reading,
Jeff Munroe
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Jeff Munroe, Editor

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