gatherings and grace
Silly hats lined with silver, noise makers and social media posts scream the news "HAPPY NEW YEAR!". Isn't everyday is the opportunity for a "HAPPY NEW"?
Let us lean into joy even amidst trials and not forget this often fleeting feeling of hope that the new year brings. Let your hope dig deep and take root...
Transitions can be tough, exciting, adventurous and tumultuous. 2018 felt like a constant transition... a process of changing from one state or condition to another. Over and over again, amidst change, I see the beauty in the act of gathering. To gather is to bring together, collect and make whole. It gives live meaning and purpose. Moments of connection, community and creativity can be found in homes, cafés, street corners, in swimming pools and basement church services. 2019 is fresh in our lives, but most of the year may seem blurry or unknown. This year I pray "presence" may become a daily practice. To be present in the lives of those around me, to not be anxious about the future, to seek the presence of the living God.
Within the "in-between" moments, ups and down and "figuring-it-out" season of life I have found a few truths to hold strong throughout the transition of 2018:
There is always hope
Joy comes in the morning
Psalm 30: 5
The crumbs are always worth it
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Everyone has a story worth telling
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Vision gives purpose to pain
moments from a Curran family Christmas gathering
a sunset and sunrise in Berkley to welcome the new year with dear friends