If you read Erinn’s blog (erinnoxford.wordpress.com), you’ll know that this was a bit of a rough week for us at The Dale, and it seems to have been a particularly tough one for other communities and individuals too. Lots of inner pain and tensions bubbling over, turning into outward conflicts. Many factors and influences contributing to acts of defensiveness and sometimes violence. I attended a memorial for a friend from Sanctuary who died way too young, and heard stories about his hilarious sense of humour and also his woundedness. It was one of those weeks when you wonder how there can be SO much pain in the world, and why the Kingdom hasn’t come yet.
It’s weeks like these when I’m especially grateful for the music of Josh Garrels. Many of his songs have provided me (and many others) with encouragement at critical moments, and this week I’ve been listening to “Beyond the Blue”… a lot. One verse in particular has spoken volumes to me:
So lift your voice just one more time
If there’s any hope may it be a sign
That everything was made to shine
Despite what you can see
So take this bread and drink this wine
And hide your spirit within the vine
Where all things will work by a good design
For those who will believe
I don’t have a whole lot to add, except to ask for prayer (if you’re the praying type), for our community at the Dale as we continue to process and navigate the difficulties that arose this week. And also for the other communities and individuals who are struggling. And I offer up my prayer for you, dear reader, that you too will believe that everything was made to shine despite what you can see.