The following is a new welcome video for Contemplative Living. In this video, you get to meet us, Chris Partida and Tara Edwards, the two writers who started the Contemplative Living blog in 2014. We talk about the future of the blog. Look for Chloe, our cat, at the end of the video!
First, we need to apologize for not posting in a long while.
The reason for our long absence is that we have been working on what amounts to a big transition for the Contemplative Living blog. We are in the process of creating video posts. (This required a long period of learning our video editing software, which is a challenging experience for two writers who know very little about video making.)
Many of these video posts will encourage you, our audience, to reflect on God and the Bible. We will continue to call these kinds of posts “Reflections,” but their purpose will be to invite you to reflect. If this new approach works, it should be a more participatory experience.
The reflection videos will essentially be guided reflections: a passage will be read, you will be given time to reflect on the passage, and then questions will be posed for you to think about. This approach better matches the vision we had for this blog because it will invite you to search for whatever message God wishes to give you. A video format better accommodates this approach compared to a text format.
We hope to create more than reflection videos. There is much more that we want share about journal writing as a spiritual practice, for example, along with other topics that are part of a prayerful life, so this blog will hopefully offer you a variety of experiences.
You can view our trailer video below. Feel free to tell us what you think in the comments section at the bottom of this entry.
We should have our first reflection video posted some time next week.
Our prayers go out to all who are suffering from the floods in the U.S. As you may know, Tara and I live in Texas (in the Houston area), so we are familiar with many of the affected areas.
Texas floods: Searches for the missing continue – CNN.com.
French leader declares ‘war’ on radical Islam after attacks
When was the last time you noticed the beauty around you?
It is true that contemplative prayer requires one to spend time in silence, but it also requires awareness. I think a contemplative person is someone who chooses to focus on what exists around him or her.
Now that we have started a new year, Tara and I have decided to change the nature of our reflections a little. During the first nearly five months of this blog, we have reflected on passages from the Bible. Some of our entries will continue to be these kinds of reflections, but we also want to expand our approach. We call this site Contemplative Living, and the word “Living” implies more than just words. We want to include more photographs and pictures. We also want to share the emotional and spiritual benefits we have experienced with other forms of writing.
To fit this broader approach, we are working on connecting to other segments of the Internet. Contemplative Living now has accounts with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. You should be able to find us within those sites by searching the name “Contemplative Living.”
We hope you will enjoy the bigger variety of reflections. Of course, you are welcome to read any of our past reflections: they will continue to be available in our archive.
It has almost been one month since we started the Contemplative Living blog!
Now that we have some experience with posting our spiritual reflections, we have decided to make a mild update to the format of the blog. Up until now, we have written a new post each weekday. We do not regret this intense pace, but we have learned that it is not realistic to write, edit, and post five days a week, all year long. To avoid exhaustion, we are reducing the reflection posts to every Monday and Thursday.
Whenever we find interesting articles, news, or artwork, we will also post those items throughout the week.
Thank you in advance for your understanding, and we look forward to continuing this blog of reflection and prayer.
–Chris Partida and Tara Edwards
This is a painful time for Ferguson, Missouri. We must pray that everyone can find a peaceful way to mourn for what has been lost . . . and find a peaceful way to begin the healing process.
Missouri governor imposes curfew in Ferguson – CNN.com.
The entire world is still in shock over the news, and we can’t find the words to express our sorrow. We will miss Robin Williams. His family and loved ones are in our prayers, and we also pray for all people suffering from depression. No one is alone–God loves us all.
Robin Williams dead; he was battling depression – CNN.com.
This moving article from CNN raises a deep and personal question: would we be brave enough to answer if (or when) God calls us to help those in need?
Why missionaries put their lives on the line – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.