And Yet – My weekly reflections for this site
Each week on Tuesdays, Iâ€™ll post a new â€œAnd Yetâ€ musing. Until late May of 2017, my words were inspired by the Lectionary. But after ten years, I wanted to try a new direction. Please see below for updated thoughts on the Lectionary-based reflections still â€œeasilyâ€ found on this site.
Though abandoning the Lectionaryâ€™s influence for part of my writing discipline, I hope whatever future words I share continue to nudge preachers, believers, doubters, and others who might appreciate my faithful and foolish thoughts about following Jesus.
(And if you do quote me, donâ€™t forget to give me a little credit!)
What do I mean by â€œAnd Yet?â€ As a conjunction and yet connects two parts of a sentence or thought. Whenever an and yet appears, it grammatically creates a word bridge to declare that more is coming. Itâ€™s one way for me to remember that, with God, there is always “more.” I believe, in God’s Realm of Love, that even the worst news is never the last news.
When writing the weekly essays inspired by scripture (through May, 2017), I followed the Common English Bible Lectionary. Though no longer â€œboundâ€ to the Lectionary, I hope the prior work is reasonably easy to find.
- First, I always tried to put the specific scripture as part of the blogâ€™s â€œtag.â€ That should help narrow any search for particular verses. The search feature for this blog is way down on the bottom. Keep scrolling down, youâ€™ll find it!
- Second, all the Lectionary posts will have a Year A, B, and C category. If you understand the Lectionary, this will make sense and be slightly helpful. If not, well, then I shouldnâ€™t have said finding something would be â€œeasy.â€
- Third . . . but what if you canâ€™t find anything, but you know good old Larry must have a musty, dusty but brilliant essay on a Biblical passage that is troubling you? Just email me: larry (at) larrypatten (dot) com.
You can find me wandering around in the realm of Facebooklandia. I write quite a bit of random stuff. Funny? Sometimes. Serious? Sure. Political? Yeah, okay, sometimes. Feel free to “friend” me. I’ll endeavor to be polite.
I also have a Facebook page entitled The Kynzi Report. In March 2015, we invited a new puppy into our home. We’re trying to teach her how to be a good dog. She’s training us to serve her. Join in if you want to see cute pictures and read about my foibles. I’m no dog whisperer!
I add this note a year after Kynzi snuggled into our home. It’s been a trying time . . . to say the least. By her sixth month, she was limping during walks and that eventually led to surgery at the UC Davis Vet School/Hospital for elbow dysplasia.
And then there were 8 looooong weeks of recovery. In other words, limited activity. Not fun, for Special K and for us weary puppy owners. She’s doing better now, but continues to be a, er, challenge . . .
A Novel I Have Never Found A Publisher For (maybe some day):
THE GRAVITY OF HAPPINESS – Nineteen year-old James March cares for his mother as she dies. After Mary Marchâ€™s death, James discovers she has a bank account in a town where they once lived. He journeys there on Christmas Eve to claim the money. During that day James uncovers his motherâ€™s past, the relationships she once influenced, and will seek the man his mother called â€œChristmas Joeâ€ (who may also be Jamesâ€™ father). Throughout his search heâ€™ll learn that everything about â€œChristmasâ€ is trueâ€¦even the parts that arenâ€™t.