• Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my mom and I watched The Man Who Invented Christmas. It’s the mostly made-up origin story of how Charles Dickens (played by the delightful Dan Stevens) came to write A Christmas C […]

    • I have been meaning to watch _The Man Who Invented Christmas_ and now I really must. I love your theory about artists too. Thanks, Hetty!

  • When I was going through a particularly hard time a few years ago, a friend encouraged me with a story from Corrie ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place. As a child, Corrie was having a difficult time dealing with t […]

    • What a lovely reflection, Hetty. I love your story of going to be with your friend at the end of his life. From your writing here at the Rabbit Room, you strike me as an old soul, with wisdom beyond your years. 🙂

    • This concept makes a lot more sense than the adage “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” The idea that, when faced with something more than we can handle, God grants us the ability to trust Him, lean on Him, and the strength we need to move through it, is so much more helpful and hopeful. It takes the pressure off of us. When you live as if the adage were true, when faced with something you can’t handle, the conclusion is that something’s wrong with you. Why aren’t you stronger? But if you embrace this idea put forward here, your reaction is to turn to God in those moments, to ask and trust that He will give you what you need to get through.

  • “On a scale of one to ten, what level is the pain?” the doctor in the emergency room asks me.

    “Six?” I say. No, it’s more than that, I think to myself. At least a seven. But it’s not a hot pain, like when I […]

    • Thanks for sharing this Hetty

    • Loved this, Hetty. Thank you.

    • As someone with fibromyalgia, who has a journal where I literally rate my pain daily, I really appreciated this.  I am on day 4 of a mild migraine (one I can work through).  And I am trying to find the grace to still be gracious to others, to remember that pain is not the defining characteristic of me.

    • Thank you so much, Hetty.

    • Thank you for this brutally gorgeous truth ❤

    • Hi Hetty, your mom sent this to me. I’m still digesting your essay, so beautifully written. You are truly a gifted writer, and I really appreciate your honesty, and I’m inspired by your hope. …. debrah

    • This. Oh this. ❤ Thank you.

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    I’m so glad there are some other Earthsea fans in the Rabbit Room! And I agree, Matthew: Tombs of Atuan is my favorite. A Wizard of Earthsea being a close second.

  • In Ursula Le Guin’s The Tombs of Atuan, Tenar is taken as a little girl from her village because she is believed to be the reincarnation of the high priestess of the Tombs to the Nameless Ones. She goes through a […]

    • True names are one of the most hauntingly beautiful themes in Earthsea. Thank you for reminding us of the True Namer, Hetty.

    • Thanks for this piece! I’ve only read the first three or four Earthsea books, and I thought Tombs of Atuan was probably the best of them. It invites, almost demands, the sort of theological ruminations that you’ve given us here. I love your advice to your friend – may God grant all of us friends that will speak those words to us.

    • I’m so glad there are some other Earthsea fans in the Rabbit Room! And I agree, Matthew: Tombs of Atuan is my favorite. A Wizard of Earthsea being a close second.

  • “Metaphor’s wisdom: there is a truth to life truer than literal truth.” — love this. Please keep these posts coming, Drew! 

  • Hi Jane, thanks for letting me know. You should have the download link now in your inbox! Feel free to email me if you have any problems: hettywhite@gmail.com

  • Thanks for sharing your stories, everyone. Brenda, I’m sure I will feel differently when I have children. Collin, I love what you said: “I guess you could say my journey away from Oklahoma was one for love and I wouldn’t have done it differently.” 

  • Hi, Jane! my album, In Search of the Sea, will be available July 21st on iTunes. Until then, you can pre-order it at: http://www.hettymusic.com. Thanks for your interest!

  • My Wendell Berry journey began with reading his essays. I was enthralled with his ideas of husbandry, his distaste for computers, and his reluctance to rely on coal for energy.

    But when I read Hannah Coulter […]

    • If I had read Hannah Coulter earlier, I would have seen it from a different perspective.  However, I read it after both of my children were grown and on their own.  One of them living 1,000 miles away.  I so get Hannah.

    • Hi, Jane! my album, In Search of the Sea, will be available July 21st on iTunes. Until then, you can pre-order it at: http://www.hettymusic.com. Thanks for your interest!

    • Great post. I grew up in a town in Oklahoma. I never imagined I’d ever live very far away but that’s exactly what happened. I am now in Washington State where my wife grew up. We are in the process of searching for where to grow deep roots (jobs are a factor). The older I get, the more I see the value in staying in one place and building community. I suppose that’s why I’m such a fan of Jayber Crow. Wendell Berry does a masterful job of highlighting the value of this and it’s only magnified in a world that embraces fast things. I have friends that I’ve known since Kindergarten and I want my kids to have that same experience. I guess you could say my journey away from Oklahoma was one for love and I wouldn’t have done it differently.

    • First time reading Hannah Coulter. I literally just finished the section last night that describes her sorrow over children gone and son Caleb’s family returning stopping by on their way to some where else……..sad.  We are now in the season of “Staying” and it feels right but I fight it sometimes. God directs the season, he is in control thankfully. Learning the power of staying, investing in relationships and not retreated when things get hard. It’s good!

    • Meg replied 2 years ago

      This post describes my heart and longings exactly. I’m contending with both and I refuse to let a mythology or morality around staying or adventuring to define my experience. That’s why I love your conclusion about trusting Jesus and following Him. Thank you.

       

       

    • Hello, Hetty! A friend linked me to a post here and I found yours. I just watched your video and I am so proud of you! Your mother must be beaming. 🙂

    • Hello, Hetty! A friend linked me to a post on the site and I just saw yours. I just watched your video and I am so proud of you! Your mama must be beaming. 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing your stories, everyone. Brenda, I’m sure I will feel differently when I have children. Collin, I love what you said: “I guess you could say my journey away from Oklahoma was one for love and I wouldn’t have done it differently.” 

    • Hi Jane, thanks for letting me know. You should have the download link now in your inbox! Feel free to email me if you have any problems: hettywhite@gmail.com

    • What a fun music video! The song is fantastic.
      Looks like I’ll need to add some Wendell Berry to my reading list – seems like I’ve been hearing his name a lot lately. Right now I’m in a “going” phase, as I’ve just moved away from my hometown. The decision to go has certainly been one laden with reminders to trust Him and follow where He is leading, after a few years of trusting Him in the waiting back home.

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