It's a heavy time in the world. Ebola. Israel and Palestine... please let the cease fire hold. Ukraine---still unstable, and I have a personal stake in this. There are no Christians left in Mosul, Iraq for the first time in almost 2,000 years. The children keep coming from central America, fleeing a level of violence and lawlessness (or even just poverty) we can scarcely imagine. And those little Nigerian girls are still missing.
The globalization of the news means it all appears right in my blue room. I wouldn't have it any other way. As David Wilcox sings, "there's no 'far away.'"
So like many of you, I do what I can, and I take my signs of hope and joy where I can get them. It is a privileged thing to be able to do that, to turn one's attention elsewhere for a while. But I must. We must. Otherwise it's too overwhelming.
So in that spirit, here are three things that brought some awesomeness to my life this week---Internet edition:
- Serving communion to one of our members who's in a nursing home. She wanted the five of us gathered to sing "On Eagle's Wings". We didn't know the words, but no problem: Safari on the iPhone to the rescue. Best communion I've attended in a long time.
- The discovery of Moms RUN This Town, a running club whose local chapter has a Facebook page. After 3 years of running solo and only occasionally with friends because of my crazy schedule, I now have access to groups of people in the neighborhood running early and late and fast and slow and everything in between.
- This guy. Just this guy. You're going to want to fast forward, but don't. Just let it emerge.
What is making your life awesome right now?