Each week after I publish the Sunday links, I start a draft post for next week's link list. By Tuesday, it was clear that none of the links I had collected so far would be appropriate to share today. I had only an inkling at that time how much more intense the week would be.
Today, I'm changing up the format of Sunday Brunch to create more of a buffet - some of the most challenging or thought-provoking reads I came across in light of last week's unrest at home and abroad. You may feel over-saturated in reading on one topic and so you might like to pick and choose a reading on something else.
My own post from Tuesday on my struggle with depression has knocked me back on my heels as I processed just how many people feel so shamed or isolated in their struggles with mental illness. I didn't have a chance to recover from that emotional storm before the Ferguson demonstrations and more insights into the terrors overseas just did me in. This morning, I am finally surfacing again, trying so hard to look for hope in the dark places.
I hope you'll find something that is meaningful to you here today.
On mental illness, depression, and suicide
On depression, suicide, and being a Christian: Nish Weiseth
Depression, Robin, and you: Bethany Bassett for Deeper Story
Matt Walsh is Wrong About Spiritual Struggles: What is Matt Walsh Wrong About Today?
Robin Williams, Matt Walsh, Joy, and Silence: Extraordinary Ordinary
On Michael Brown, Ferguson, and Race
A white cop, a black kid, and a crime: Jamie the Very Worst Missionary
On race, the benefit of the doubt, and complicity: Rachel Held Evans
I Raise My Hands: A Prayerful Response to Ferguson: Osheta Moore
Heartache Around The World
Ebola, Inequality, and the One Who Brings Hope: Red-Letter Christians
8 Things You Need to Know About Gaza: Revangelical
Hope in the hard places
A Life of Prayer Amidst News of Death: The Well Blog
All is Not Lost - A Story Beyond the Headlines: Preemptive Love Coalition
13 Year Old's Simple Idea to Stop Cyberbullying: Business Insider
Finally, I'm feeling just so super proud of reader Mary Lee Downey and her work with the homeless in her community.
And just everything you all shared with me on this Facebook thread.
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I wish I had some wise words as a benediction to the week. I don't, really. I just know we need to stay humble, be willing to listen, engaging in the hard conversations and looking for a way forward. May we unite under the banner of the One whose law is love and gospel is peace. Love y'all.