Laura Cerbus

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COVID-19: A Prolonged Sabbath in a Culture of Productivity

I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, in the middle of school holidays and feeling untethered in many ways. Now, as Term 2 descends, “Sabbath” does not quite seem the right idea for what I’m facing now. The same… Continue Reading →

March 25: Annunciation of the Lord

“Here am I, the servant of the Lord: let it be to me according to your will.”– from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals This morning I had another conversation with my children about what is happening in the… Continue Reading →

The Better Portion

Does the story of Mary and Martha bother anyone else? Honestly, for much of my life I’ve had a hard time understanding what exactly I’m supposed to take from the story. I’m not obviously the Martha or the Mary —… Continue Reading →

In the Beginning: A Scripture Reading Guide

I’m pretty thrilled to share with you the fruit of many months of labor: a Scripture reading guide to take you through Genesis, chapter by chapter. An explanation on why I wrote and how to use the book can be… Continue Reading →

Not My Own

“I am not my own. I am bought with a price.” The woman recited the words quietly, without power of voice or presence. A petite, white-haired woman in a simple polyester dress, she spoke simply and matter-of-factly as she told… Continue Reading →

Seasonal Disorientation

In the northeastern United States where I grew up, the holidays of the church moved with the rhythm of the seasons. In November, the days grew shorter as our part of the earth tilted away from the sun, and Daylight… Continue Reading →

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Last week a neighbor popped over to give my children the toys she had earned through her grocery store purchases.  That gesture, entirely mundane and unremarkable in my home context, has filled me with pleasure every time I’ve thought about… Continue Reading →

When it’s not my story

I have a prayer letter to write. It’s been on my to-do list for the past three weeks now — each Saturday, I write it again in my planner for the following week. Our family has been very busy lately,… Continue Reading →

Gospel Encouragement, part 3

Read part two here.  God is a God of encouragement. His encouragement takes many different forms: to Adam he encouraged him to turn and repent. To Cain he encourages him to do what is right and not let sin master… Continue Reading →

Gospel Encouragement, part 2

Read part 1 here. The Gospel, then, is the truly encouraging message. Everything that encourages, to paraphrase pastor and author Sam Crabtree, everything truly encouraging originates from and is supremely found in Christ — whether that is recognized or not. … Continue Reading →

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