Ordinary Blessings for the Christmas Season: Prayers, Poems, and Meditations

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4.49 X 7.24 X 0.63 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Meta Herrick Carlson is a pastor and writer passionate about building connections and courage in liminal spaces. Her theology has been influenced by work with recovery communities and survivors of sexual violence. Meta serves Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities as the campus pastor and redeveloper at the Minnetonka campus. She is a co-creator of the podcast Alter Guild and author of Ordinary Blessings: Prayers, Poems, and Meditations for Everyday Life (Fortress, 2020). She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three loud, sticky kids.

""Filled with ancient truths and modern realities, the seasonal blessings in this book flow from Carlson's sacred gift of noticing. Her honest wonderings and reflective words invite us to exhale, reminding us that we aren't alone--and never have been."" --Kayla Craig, author of Every Season Sacred and To Light Their Way; creator of Liturgies for Parents

""Christmas holds vastly different experiences for each person, and yet Meta Herrick Carlson has the gift of naming the complex realities beside the vulnerable wonder. She paints blessing into the ordinary, giving each passing occurrence a voice and community."" --Rev. Jenny Sung, ""Free Range Pastor"" and founder and co-director of One Dance Company

""The holiday season poses a mixed bag for many. While balancing different spiritual traditions, many struggle with chaotic family systems, grief, untold joys, and unmet expectations. The flow of the poems, meditations, and prayers in this book is a breath of fresh air."" --Robert Monson, writer, theologian, and co-director of enfleshed

""At times tender and funny, particular and profound, Carlson's poignant words reach into the muddled heart of the season, holding the full complexity of Christmas. Give yourself the gift of blessings you actually need, trustworthy and true."" --Laura Kelly Fanucci, author of Everyday Sacrament and To Bless Our Callings

""This book is for anyone yearning to go through the Christmas season with intentionality. Carlson's words facilitate more space to notice lovely things, be honest in our experiences, and connect with God in the midst of real life this Christmas."" --Meredith Anne Miller, pastor and author of Woven: Nurturing a Faith Your Kid Doesn't Have to Heal From

""Delightful, refreshing, and oh so true, Ordinary Blessings for Christmas is both a perfect stocking stuffer and church resource for the season. In these pages is permission to rest, to winter, to claim our freedom, and to look again and see God in every nook and cranny of Christmas."" --Ellie Roscher, author of The Embodied Path and coauthor of 12 Tiny Things

""Meta Herrick Carlson sure does know how to be a blessing! She offers us words and images that create awareness, wholeness, and belonging. This gift will offer healing and strength for many Christmas seasons to come."" --Rev. Babette Chatman, pastor and director of campus ministry, Augsburg University