Maybe because I’m pondering transitions in my own life these days, I saw a lot of images of transition and writing about transition in our blogs this week. Maybe it’s the gray sky that marks the transition from night to day or from clear sky to hurricane-force winds. Maybe it’s the transition from work to sabbatical or from life to death. Maybe it’s transition in our hearts or in our world. Here is a sampling from our bloggers who are reflecting on those gray zones of transition this week.
Marguerite Sheehan writes about the gray sky that marks a transition from summer to autumn in her blog, Standing on the Side of Love. “I swam the Serenity Prayer, the Al-anon version, which includes those great verses like ‘grant me the patience for the changes that take time’ and ‘tolerance for those with different struggles’ and ‘appreciation for all that I have.’”
Kathy Randall Bryant thinks about the in-between time of waiting for Hurricane Florence in her blog, Quietly Rolling Thunder. “Its a tradition. We prepare for the worst and hope for the best. The kits are packed, the snacks are stored, the laundry is done, and the storm is coming ashore.”
In Speaking of Spirit, Linda Rinehart Neas thinks about the foggy mind that results from too much going on, and the way that quiet can bring greater clarity. “My mind is foggy. There is so much flying around in my head – responsibilities, lesson plans due, bills, concern about family members. I can’t see anything in the vast halls of my accumulation of knowledge. I am getting frustrated, and I know that frustration will produce brain-cramps that will further the problem.”
Marci Glass is thinking about the transition from being alone to being part of not just one, but several, families. Her blog, Glass Overflowing, shares the most recent episode in her journey to discover her birth family (you can read earlier posts under the Birth Family heading on her blog page). “In a world that seems to be ever more fracturing along lines of arbitrary categorization, I hope we can remember my ‘family’. I was born to one, adopted into another, claimed by a third, and now a fourth. I went from being a stranger to being a member of a family. In many cases, all it took was a phone call.”
Rosalind Hughes is preparing for a sabbatical. As she reflects on that transition in her blog Over the Water, she is thinking about how we help one another to get needed respite. “When I sang in a choir, long ago and far away, we were taught to stagger our breathing through long, sustained notes. As long as we didn’t all do it at the same time, each of us could take a breather from the music, replenish our oxygen exchange, without the note wavering or failing its audience. As long as we supported one another’s rest, no one need gasp for lack of air, and the music (the service, the worship) would continue unabated.”
For those awaiting any kind of transition, Beth Richardson offers a prayer in her blog All the Wonders. “For those who wait In tender hope, In tear-streaked sadness, In fearful anticipation. You are comfort. You are strength.” May we each find that comfort and strength in the transitions we experience.
These are just a few of the 400+ blogs maintained by RevGal bloggers. There are over 100 posts that are new this week. On our web page, click the link labeled “Our Blogging Community” to visit a few of them. Please leave a comment or a Like as a word of encouragement to the bloggers you visit.
Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota and currently serving in interim ministry. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.
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