Here we are between sessions and many of you have had time to think about the video and go a little deeper with the exercises in your workbook. If you are like me, you need a little time to ruminate on what you’ve been learning. My best time for ruminating usually comes during my morning run.
Here’s a little of what I was thinking this morning:
We talked earlier this week about how gifts can sometimes be wrapped up in pain. If you did the homework this week you’ve probably spent some time focusing on at least three moments of pain or struggle from your past.
Sometimes in hindsight the gifts are easy to see. I know the gifts my years of infertility brought me intimately. They sit at my supper table. They have names and faces and unique personalities and my love for them runs deeper than I could ever imagine love would.They are my son and daughter given to me by God through adoption, and I would gladly suffer those years of pain and loss a thousand times over for the privilege of being their mother.
But when I think of my other moments of pain and loss, the gifts are not so evident. Moments defined by ugly words like depression, suicide, cancer and dementia. It’s hard to see the gift when all you can think is “why?”. And I wonder. Does it really make a difference? This eucharisteo. This practice of thankfulness. This gift-naming . . . list-writing . . . does it really matter? Or is it simply another fad, another Christian trend that will fade away as soon as another comes along?
And if it does matter, why do you think that is?
I have my thoughts but would like to hear yours. If you’d like to comment, click on the icon in the upper right hand corner of this blog (the one that looks like a cartoon dialogue balloon). Let me know what you think . . .