The world seems pretty overwhelming these days. We watch hurricanes and tornadoes and floods and fires destroy the lives of thousands of people, and we don’t even know how to start grieving. We worry that we have passed a tipping point in the destruction of the earth. We worry that we have passed a tipping point in the decline of civil political discourse. We struggle with the burdens that weigh on our particular lives and families. And we don’t know what to do next.
When I am feeling overwhelmed by life, I sometimes focus on something small, something tangible, something that fits in my mind. That gives my spirit space to struggle with the big things while my hands are busy alphabetizing the spice jars in my kitchen cabinet.
I wonder if some of our bloggers this week have similar ways of creating space in their hearts to grieve, to pray, to wonder. In this week’s blog posts, I discovered some crystalline moments of beauty, of gratitude, of humor, that somehow seem to create space for us to approach the big things.
Deb Vaughn has a post this week titled Surprised by Compost. A single green vine becomes emblematic of hope that might otherwise elude us. “From my compost bin, a volunteer squash vine is happily thriving and meandering over the edge of our lawn. The blossoms are huge and colorful, inviting our resident pollinators to drop by.”
In a blog post titled Sacred, Evolutionary, Places, Kimberly King finds a gateway to sacred space in a Saturday morning visit to the Halifax Seaport Market. “For now, the Market—a place where things make sense; or where, if they don’t, it doesn’t matter so much. There’s still room.”
Sometimes a single word can be the lens that allows us to clearly see something big. In a blog post titled Rethinking the Word “Plantation,” Jan Edmiston helps us to confront the reality of slavery in the United States. “Throughout the South, you can still find former plantations to rent for your special event. This is a little bit like getting married at a Nazi labor camp if you think about it.”
In a blog post titled Use Your Platforms Well, Laura Stephens-Reed shares her appreciation for artist and entrepreneur Liz Ray. “Each one of us, individually and/or collectively, has at least one platform that can be used to push more good out into a world that desperately needs it… The size of the platform doesn’t matter. What we do with it does.”
Nikki Macdonald imagines what it would be like to have a one-size-fits-all prayer template for any occasion. Her blog post titled Prayer-O-Matic helps us to laugh at ourselves even as it invites us into prayer for all manner of chaos in our lives. “Dear [insert deity name of choice], we give you [thanks and praise/ awe and honour/ a brief moment of our attention] as we gather together on this [day/night/am/pm/seriously random occasion].”
Charlene Hinckley is drawn in by the individual flowering plants around her home, and the welcome they offer to honey bees, caterpillars, and butterflies. Her blog post titled Be Praised, Holy One is a joyful blending of picture, song, and reflection. “When I need a moment of joy just being with the flowers lifts my spirit.”
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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