Earlier this week, a friend described the rare gift of a quiet time on the schedule as a gift that should not be spoiled by inventing work. There is work and worry enough coming at us from all directions in these days. Each of us has a different context, so the things that weigh heavily on us are not identical. We struggle to remain non-anxious in the face of struggles in our countries, our church bodies, our communities, our congregations, and our own lives. This week I was drawn to posts of RevGals seeking that fragile space of quiet, of authentic non-anxiety, of not inventing work.
“Close your eyes and follow your breath to the still place that leads to the invisible path that leads you home.” I have long appreciated the writing of Teresa of Avila, so I was pleased to see her name in the title of Kathy Manis Findley’s blog God of the Sparrow. “Saint Teresa of Avila most assuredly had a great deal to teach us about the importance of an inner life of deep contemplation and an outer life of immersion into the hurt of the world.”
Returning to our roots – literally – to the creation of the earth and all living things offers a sense of perspective in Bonnie Jacobs’ reflection on the book American Indian Genesis: The Story of Creation by Percy Bullchild. In her blog Bonnie’s Books, Bonnie ponders a key commandment shared in the book: Be honest with to life and to all life, and considers the role that compassion and empathy play in being honest.
Connie Tuttle sees the importance of hanging on to an ideal as she compares the United States to the legendary kingdom of Camelot in her blog, The Gracious Heretic. “The story of a vision of justice that they tried to live in to in spite of their short-comings. They were a flawed lot. Betrayers. Dreamers. Power grabbing. In the play, things happen too fast and parts of the story that would explain the downfall are hidden and the audience can only guess.”
On the eve of Independence Day in the United States, Maren Tirabassi expresses her deep hope for good to transcend the chaos. Part of the poem in her blog Gifts in Open Hands includes this thought: “The only parade I ask this year is the parade of justice, the only fireworks I hope to view is legislation for gun control.”
So much of life seems to be caught up in chaos these days. Rachel Hackenberg calls to God from the middle of the chaos in her blog Rachel G. Hackenberg. “Through the chaos, O Eternal God, grant us a vision. In the midst of trouble, O Merciful God, grant us a clear path.”
These are just a few of the 100+ new blog posts just this week from members of the RevGals blogging community. If you would like to read more, go to our web page (www.revgalblogpals.org) and look for the button labeled “Our Blogging Community.” When you visit blogs on this list, please leave a Like or a comment so the bloggers will know that you appreciate their work.
Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.
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