Dear Friends, Beloved Reader,
Rejoice! Celebrate! Kill the fatted calf! We got through all 5,000,012 days of the most January of all the Januarys.
How are you doing? Lockdown 3 wasn’t the January we signed up for was it?
I’m alright, just taking it all one minute at a time. I’ve reached the learning to handstand and sorting-out-the-entire-house stage of the pandemic.
The Boss Bitch Board, documenting and celebrating all achievements great and small, has been replaced by the Cryfest – where we document all the things great and small that make us cry. Fear not, the cryfest is supplemented by the Boss Bitch 2021 Survival Soundtrack - a good mix of dance, nostalgia and Jesus.
My word this year is trust. Last year’s was adventure (yep, I’m still laughing about this). I didn’t go on any grand adventures. But it did teach me that wonder is one way to find adventure when you're stuck. I found wonder here where I am and now have to continually point out the trees, the leaves, the flowers, the moon...
Trust right now feels very much like a Pocahontas dive off a cliff. I’m trying to enjoy the freefall. Do not be surprised if at some point this year I’ve signed up for a skydive – anyone wanna come with?
I don’t know how this year will turn out, I don’t know what I’m diving into or how I’ll land. I can't even actually dive - I’ve never been able to master the logistics of it. I don’t know where I’ll end up.
But what I do know, the invitation is to trust.
Trust that we will have the grace we need to get through the day and shoes for the road we're on.
Trust that even if everything goes to hell in a handbasket, we’ll be ok - whatever ok even means.
Trust that hairdressers will open again and I'll be able to get my hair cut for the first time in over a year.
Trust that goodness and mercy are never far away.Trust
Trust in the goodness of God, at the heart of humanity, planted more deeply than all that is wrong.
Trust that I’ll find green meadows and peaceful streams wherever the diving board ends up.
Spirit of adventure, holy inviter of ledge-dancing faith and precipice living; be our courage now as we tread nervously the lines of fear and trust." Strahan, Prayer Vol 1