Update on Story Stick: As of this morning, the high bid is $750. Auction for the stick (with ALL funds going to help the community mentioned in the ELOGOS post titled "STUCK" Bidding ends this Thursday, Dec. 19 at Noon. Reply to this email to bid.
ELOGOS for today:
Author and artist Jan Richardson(whose painting is on the cover of my book STORM) wrote recently about the complicated nature of joy, especially during the Advent season. One of the many lessons embedded in my soul after Harvey was that as much as I try to be a generator of joy, I can't will it into being. A candle wick without wax is just temporary tinder. A flame without oxygen is quickly whiffed to smoke. Joy is communal. It doesn't do well in isolation for very long.
This is my first Advent/Christmas in most of my adult life which I am not a pastor of a community. It is unsettling. At the same time, I am starting where I am in this new, albeit less instituitionally-identified community. I am looking at who I am and what I have to work with. I am doing what I can knowing that I am not perfect and will never be, limited in many way and yet, remarkably gifted with a heart that is learning every day. I am more involved in being a witness to those still living in difficult conditions after the storm. Their despair is palpable. It is impossible to choose to follow the way of Christ and look away.
Richardson mentioned that the sorrow of this living time makes it impossible even to pretend to be joyful. Maybe we should stop trying. That doesn't mean we cave in to the abyss of sadness. What if we took this Advent time seriously. Prepare. What if instead of trying to look festive, we prepared room for joy by leaning into the truth that we can't create it but we know it when it arrives. What if we prepared for joy during this unsettling season by looking thoughtfully and honestly about where we are, taking inventory of what we have to work with not the least of which is our heart of compassion and to choose this day to make room for the Spirit of Joy to use us. Right now, my friends reading this ELOGOS, you are my community. I need you. I will keep offering you the best of who I am. I trust that is what you are doing right now for those within your reach.
Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.
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Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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