I wrote the other day about how dark the world seems lately. Thank you to those who've read, commented and shared that post. It's a comfort to know we're all seeking the light together. Sadly, I wrote that before 145 people---132 children---were killed by the Taliban in an attack on a school in Peshawar. And before I received this update in my Facebook from a missionary member of National Capital Presbytery, where I serve:
Please pray for parents and families of the Ayotzinapa School in the State of Guerrero where 43 students have "disappeared" by local police and criminal drug lords. One of them has been confirmed dead and burned.
Part our Longest Night Service on Sunday will be to lift up prayers for places of terror, death and brokenness in the world. How I wish the list weren't so damn long.
Here's some light that came to me quite indirectly yesterday. A friend shared this article about late-night TV personality Craig Ferguson, who is going off the air this week. He talked about interviewing Archbishop Desmond Tutu several years ago and this liberating and formative moment:
Ferguson said Tutu told him during a commercial break, “I think you’re crazy.”
“This is a man who talked to some crazy motherf****rs,” Ferguson said. “He said to me, ‘You’re crazy – I don’t mean to be rude.’ I said, ‘I thank you, Father Tutu.’ He said, ‘No, you are crazy, but the type of crazy we need.’ And, this is not your agent, you know, he’s not like, ‘Keep doing the crazy thing!’ It’s Desmond Tutu saying ‘Be as authentically crazy as you are.’ It was kind of like God saying ‘Just be as crazy as you like.’ I felt weirdly released by that.”
This article led me to the interview itself, which won Ferguson a Peabody award. It's fantastic. Of course Tutu is always brilliant to behold, but these words about good and evil and compassion and justice spoke directly to the events of this week, this month, this year.
Is it possible for light to be fizzy? Tutu's light is fizzy.
Here it is.