In the midst of our plans and our people, may we remember to breathe. May we be patient as we consider the colorful mess of joy and grief, understanding our soul may need a little space to sit quietly in the shadows before she’s ready to embrace the light.
May Christ be real to us in small and big ways, and may we be open to the ways he might want to be real to others through us. Enjoy your weekend-before-Christmas, friends. Here are a few good reads for a long the way:
- On Being Healed of Being a Big Deal by Micha Boyett for A Deeper Story
- Madeleine L’Engle On Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck and How Studying Science Enriches Art by Maria Popova for Brainpickings
- Things I Don’t Mean When I Say #BlackLivesMatter by Colleen Mitchell for Blessed Are the Feet
- The Shape of Things by Amber C. Haines for (in)courage
- Finally, here is a 5 minute clip of Dallas Willard talking about the connection of joy and sorrow, words that I’m sure are a great comfort to many who are grieving this Christmas. He passed away in May 2013 which makes his words even more meaningful here. (subscribers may need to click here to view the video).
At the end of every month I like to share what I learned that month, both the serious and the silly. Since it’s December, I thought it would be fun to broaden it to share what we learned in 2014, sort of a year in review.
If you plan to write a year-end post sharing the things you learned, I’d love to have you link up! The post will go live Tuesday December 30.