Into the storm

“Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike” Maya Angelou

What are you facing into?

The growing edge

“Look well to the growing edge! … It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash. … Look well to the growing edge!” Howard Thurman

Where is your growing edge?

Soul work

“Grief work is soul work. It requires courage to face the world as it is and not turn away, to not burrow into a hole of comfort and anesthetization. Grief deepens our connection with soul, taking us into territories of vulnerability, exposing the truth of our need for others in times of loss and suffering.” Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow

Borderland

Borderlands are

spaces where two cultures and narratives meet,

continuously changing landscapes,

places of disorientation and reorientation.

Encountering the other

with potential for unimaginable violence

or creative mutual transformation.

How do we navigate spaces that threaten to take our breath while also promising new life beyond our imagination?

A table in the wilderness

Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? Even though God struck the rock so that waters gushed out and torrents overflowed, can God also give bread, or provide meat for his people? Psalm 78:19-20

Where do you find nourishment these days? Do you question God’s ability to provide?

Hospitality

In Genesis 18, Abraham and Sarah receive three visitors with generous hospitality. Both, the three visitors as well as Abraham and Sarah are cared for. The Psalmist asks in Psalm 78:19 “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness?”. Hospitality is shaped by culture, values and faith.

What does hospitality look like these days when we cannot host each other in the ways we are used to? What creative ways to extend hospitality have you seen or come up with?