Welcoming all that this year holds and exploring things that have been in my heart for a long time.
A new year dawns with beauty and pain; I’m challenged by learning to hold both with open hands.
The week was filled with hard memories and hard conversations. We wrestled about what love looks like.At the end of it all, I was surrounded by the love of my friends, my loving God, and even the love of strangers.
I am reminded that I see myself most clearly when I notice life in the eyes of the Divine; the Divine dwells happily and authenticly in me.
In past years, I’ve had a word to guide me through the year. This year is no different; a phrase has been repeating in my head for months. “Be a blessing” is my mantra for 2017. This is the vocation of those who follow Jesus. We are to be a blessing, be a light, reflect Jesus well and cause everyone and everything to flourish around us.
For years I have prayed for a word that I could hold onto and each year a word has come to me that I have needed as an inspiration or reminder. This year, my word is delight. It is something I have forgotten how to do, or maybe, I haven’t ever really learned how to do it in the first place. I pray my one little word brings me more than an inspiration or a reminder, but it will be a lesson in finding and experiencing delight.