Friday, February 24, 2012

Emptiness Antidote: Friday Five

Today's prompt from the RevGals is this: What do you do when you feel empty of all creativity and unable to make/do anything? This is a completely open question, the only rule is name 5 things that fill/ inspire you.

I read. A lot. I love to read poetry to fill my cup (Dickinson, Oliver, Berry and more). I love to read blogs(A Church for Starving Artists and Marge's Next Meal come to mind).I love to read magazines (this one and this one and this one are some of my favorites.

I am energized by walking.

I am energized by a cup of tea with good friends and colleagues.

My creativity is sparked by being with others.

I am energized by listening to or being directed to videos of my second born child's musical interests. A person of eclectic musical taste, SBC inspires me all the time, without even meaning to!

Walking image from here.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oh, Lent.

I received an e-mail from a friend from a congregation I served some years ago.

"I get it!" my friend wrote. "I finally get why you said you liked Lent/Easter more than Easter."
I don't remember saying that, but I'm sure somewhere along the line I talked (and talked and talked and talked) about taking the journey to the cross and what that adds to one's Easter joy.

I'm glad my friend feels like she's off to an enriching start to the Lenten season.
I feel as though I've been living in Lent for such a long time.
Months and months and months of Lent.

I have felt penitential, somber and sad for what feels like forever. I know of God's grace. I feel sheltered by God's love. I can even convincingly proclaim the Good News.

I think I'm tired as much as anything else.
Nothing new there, either.

Oh, Lent. Help me find a wellspring in this desert.