Soul of place

“The moral imagination, if it is to penetrate and transcend, must find the soul of place. Finding soul requires that we go to the core, that we make our way to the voices behind the noise, that we see the patterns hidden beneath the presenting symptoms, that we feel the rhythms marking steady pace in spite of cacophony.” ~ John Paul Lederach, The Moral Imagination

What are you seeing?

Bushwhacking

Bushwhacking is hiking through an area where no path exists forgoing the well-worn trail. We might trip over hidden tree roots, move through invisible poison ivy or step on hidden snakes. The cost of short cutting might not reveal itself until later.

Where are you tempted to take shortcuts?

Awakening

I have discovered that something is awakened through failure, tragedy, and disappointment. It is a place of learning and potential creativity. In such moments you can get lost in despair or denial, or you can recognize the failure and run toward the hope of something new.

How do you run towards hope?

On Tuesday…

On Tuesday, Jesus was attacked with questions of why and how and what and when and who. Those asking knew the answers already. They were looking for a fight not a change of heart.

What questions lead towards a change of heart?

Journey to hope

The path of hope is often long and rarely straight. Hope emerges from the darkest moments of grief and loss with unexpected twists and turns while urging us toward the light.

How do you move toward hope?