Sunday, July 1, 2018

Out of the Ashes, We Rise

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Hellooooo out there?

It has been a long while since I have sat at this keyboard and attempted to write. The layers of dust are thick, both on my blog and in my brain. Between the exhaustion of life and the draining nature of the current social and political climate, I've not been certain I wanted to throw open the windows!

Yet, here I am.

If there is one thing of which I am certain, it is that even though it may be just a small smoldering ember, when the Lord puts something on your heart, He will fan it into a flame in His time. I've come to realize I am in the business of small embers. While I'd like to be the flamethrower and burn all the things down some days, it is in the small things that God speaks to me, animates me to move with Him.

It is time to dust off the keyboard, throw open the curtains, and let some light shine back in to the corners of my heart and mind where God has been moving ever so slowly in power. It is time to put away the fear of conflict and begin to encourage conversation that builds.

If you are like me, you have a deep desire to fix all the things -- to take what is damaged in the world and restore it. The enormity of the task seems daunting, but I've come to realize that looking at the big picture can sometimes lead us to become paralyzed. No more, friend. Fixing the whole world is not our task. We have to find the one thing we can do today, right here and now. As Mother Teresa used to say to those who wanted to come work in the slums with her, we have to find our own Calcutta.

I don't have the answers to how to make right what is broken, I just know it has to start with me -- and you -- in small ways. I hope you will join me in the coming months.

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