Thursday, December 12, 2013

Weekly Smorgasbord

I loved these links because so many of them resonate with how I'm feeling right now. Good stuff here!

On a Rough Time of Year:
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 02:53 PM PST
"I wonder if this feeling is triggered by memories that are bound up with the shortening of days as we creep toward the Solstice. I wonder if it's tied to my struggles with depression—with a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder that certainly must play a part in the dip of my moods. I also wonder if this feeling is simply part of what it means to be human—that for centuries people have been lighting candles and moving closer to the fire at this time of year, huddling in to wait out the darkness...And while it isn't a joyful place to be, there's also something about the dusk, the melancholy, that feels safe and comfortable—maybe because it draws us together and compels us to strike matches for lighting wicks and wood. So let's be content to just sit here awhile as we wait for what's next."
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 02:51 PM PST
"In other words, the more vulnerable we are, the more joy we ultimately experience. When we are closed off, self-protecting, hardened, afraid, locked-up, we can't experience joy. When we allow ourselves to hurt, to feel, to live, joy seeps in."
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 02:48 PM PST
"The God who knows: Evidence of God's existence is cold comfort. What warms us is the wounded, weeping God who doesn't write answers in stars — but writes His ardent love in our scars. With His scars."

On Kindness and Serving the Community: 
Posted: 11 Dec 2013 02:37 PM PST
Love this.

On Hope:
Posted: 05 Dec 2013 10:55 PM PST
"One of the gifts of grief, I suppose, is a tenderness and awareness of the hurts that surround us. With the cataract of oblivious mirth removed, you can see with startling clarity the suffering of those around you, and the brilliance of the pain endured by the people pressing through this present darkness is enough to make you press your hand over your eyes, not daring to peek again until the lights of the season are stored away and the somber of January matches the depth of sorrow you saw. But my children insist and the candles are there, so each night I strike a match and light the first candle of Advent, the candle of hope. The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. The New International Version, the Bible on which I grew up, speaks to where I am this year. For those of us walking in darkness, a great light promises hope."


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