Whew, friends, it’s been A Week. Like all of you, I watched horror unfold – yet again – in a classroom in Texas. I joined in prayers of lament, called my representatives in Washington*, signed up to march on June 11, and donated money to causes and campaigns. I also did a fair amount of scrolling that made me feel better in the moment and ultimately, just raised my blood pressure (maybe like many of you?!)
And. I also had in the back of mind that I needed to find joy. Last night, at my church leadership meeting, the opening devotion was about hearing too much noise. and needing instead, silence, and hugs. seed planted.
Thinking about … listening. I finished Marcus Borg’s Days of Awe and Wonder this morning and paused long over these words, from Frederick Buechner, quoted on page 229
Listen to your life. Listen to what happens to you, because it is through what happens to you that God speaks. It’s in language that’s not always easy to decipher, but it’s there, powerfully, memorably, unforgettably.Listening to Your Life, by Frederick Buechner
Grateful for … the opportunity to listen to Katie … and to share how proud I am of the mama she is to my two favorite boys.
Inspired by … listening to my heart … I took myself to the park this morning for the first time in months. It’s still very weird to walk here by myself, but this morning I welcomed the silence on the path (there wasn’t much of that when Lauren and I walked!) so I could enjoy the “noise” of the running water (image above), the birds, and the rustling leaves.
Fun … listening to my gut and then my head … I fiddled with the Sille pattern and ended up with a sleeveless top that works!
On the way to the park, I listened to Sarah and Beth (podcast link). It’s another must-listen and I love the words that Sarah shared to close out her piece in this week’s newsletter: “I wish ‘better’ for all of you…wherever you find it.”
*…to express my thanks. and to let them know I’m fully supportive of their efforts to pass any and all legislation that might help. Lucy McBath is my Representative and she got into politics because her son was killed with a gun. and of course I have TWO Democratic Senators. I left voicemails for the Senators (including a tearful pledge for Warnock that I was supporting his re-election campaign) and spoke with a staffer in McBath’s office. Sadly, redistricting means she won’t be my Representative after this year (and I’m likely to be back in the position of calling to express displeasure, not thanks when I call that office), but I’m supporting her run in her new district (she won the primary!). I made a lot of calls and left a lot of voicemails in 2017-18, and then I didn’t … it just seemed like a waste of time. So for everyone who thinks their time has been wasted this week … nope. not at all.