Gratitude 2/8

“Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'” -John 8:12

What does it mean to have the light of life? I would guess some of us have differing interpretations. For me, it is experienced in speaking, writing, doing…living… with integrity. It is also in bravely advocating for, and walking alongside, those who are different from me because this is how my faith instructs me to love God and love neighbor. These days seem dark and many are feeling hopeless. I understand this, as I vacillate between feelings of despair and the sure and certain conviction the Jesus is here alongside, saying, “you go, girl!” One piece of advice that I will be giving often is the importance of self-care. Please remember that you cannot adequately help others when you are not operating from a place of health (more on this later).

Today I am personally thankful for: my running coach who likes to have good discussions and who challenges me on my assumptions (and for his training me!); all the pastors I know who are living their own calls with integrity and who feel the struggle; a good early morning workout.

February 20 – Live

I am sharing photos and thoughts on various words for each day during Lent. Today’s word is “live”.

 

Christmas caroling by candlelight and flashlights
 As I looked through my old photos I came across some photos from an event that happened just before Christmas. We had decided to have an evening of Christmas caroling (and cookies) on December 23rd. The event was at our house, which happens to be in the Christmas Tree Lane area of Oxnard. It was to be a fun evening and all was ready for people to arrive at 6:00pm. Unfortunately the power for our entire block went out at 5:30. How would we show off our decorations,inside and out, with no electricity? How would we sing? How would we eat cookies?

This episode was a reminder that life never goes exactly according to our plans. When the inevitable mishap occurs we have the choice to live with it, while making needed adjustments, or we can retreat in frustration and anger. On this night we chose to live with the temporary inconvenience. I lit candles and rounded up flashlights. We all had fun…and the power came back on when we were about halfway through our song book.

What frustrations have you chosen to live through?