I finally had time on Friday morning to get my thoughts together around this new month, well somewhat at least. Along with many of you, on Monday, I muted myself on-line with the intention of listening, and (maybe) sharing. Then as the week progressed, I realized I didn’t have anything to share. I kept listening (I still am). I talked with family and close friends. I cleaned my study. I took walks with Marc. I spent time with the boys (and their mama). and I spent time alone (with God). I recommitted to the lifelong work to ally for Black people. The pause was both necessary and good, and I’m grateful for the privilege that allowed me that space.
And now time it’s time to re-engage. It’s always hard to know where to start after a break, especially one in the midst of a time like this. Honestly, when I sat down to type this post, I didn’t know how to start. I’m still not sure this works, but it feels right. Love, Joy and Hope are three things I believe in, from my (to my) deepest core. Truly, I can’t think of a single thing that’s good and doesn’t celebrate one or more of those things.
Spending time with our grandsons ticks all the boxes.
Two hours with my sister (on her porch) yesterday afternoon did too. (note that knitting is not always a trinity 😉 )
We made plans to read books cropping up on antiracist lists (How To Be An Antiracist, The Warmth of Other Suns, Passing, The Vanishing Half). Talking books with my sister always makes me a better person and talking these books with her … well …
My evening walks with Holly smell amazing. There are several big magnolia trees where we walk and the buds have blossomed (and started to fade).
And finally, today. I was up dark early for a run to the lake before my 7am FaceTime with Sara because Summer Sunday Series at church. By the time I got to the lake, the sun was upand y’all. the sky was still pink (although not so much in this photo). and I counted less than five cars and for sure less than 10 people. also, running on asphalt. Joy.
and then the Summer Series got off to a Good (Very Good) start.My church started plans for this series back in early February (the Saturday it snowed). I LOVE seeing how the Holy Spirit moves us to do things when we are uncomfortable, and maybe can’t see where it’s headed … and then it happens, and OH YES, I see…
I had the privilege of introducing the series this morning with these words
“Good morning and welcome to the first seminar in this summer’s Matthew 25 series. The PCUSA’s Matthew 25 initiative challenges us to embrace Jesus’ call in Matthew 25:31-46 to deepen our faith and become more actively engaged in our community and the world. This includes serving people whom our society has oppressed, marginalized, or excluded. Over the next three months, we will be covering a variety of topics related to race, religion, gender & sexual orientation, immigration, and poverty. Our hope is that by sharing information to educate and raise awareness in a safe space we will develop skills that, together with a prayerful focus, will enable us to be more inclusive, welcoming, and loving in our diverse community and world. Our June topics address LGBTQ Inclusion, Refugees, and our Muslim neighbors. In July and August, we’ll cover more topics related to racism, poverty and social justice.”
We will be reading Anxious to Talk About It in July (our four pastors will each be facilitating a Sunday discussion – if you would like to join, please let me know and I’ll get you the Zoom info).
After the seminar, I watched church, and again, I’m going to close this post with the words* that closed today’s sermon (and inspired me to re-engage).
“That’s the way it is, says Holy Scripture. Many diverse, individual, unique members, each one with talents and gifts and experiences and characteristics, a one-of-a-kind. But united in harmony and working together across the many differences and divides for the good and the well-being of the whole. That friends, is good news of great joy for all people. It is good news that is true, and timely, and timeless.”
Let’s keep listening. and sharing. with Love, Joy, and Hope.
* words, commas, and periods are powerful. the transcription and punctuation is my own, and hopefully true to our pastor’s intent.