The sunrise this morning with the various shades of orange and pink peeking over the horizon and the sliver of a white moon just above that glorious line of color in the pale blue sky was a fleeting moment of glory this morning.
On hard days, with stress and busyness, or when chronic pain or a diagnosis weighs more heavily on you, it takes courage to make it through. Life is not always light and fluffy and fun. And expectations that it should be, aren't helpful. Our series this Sunday turns towards the role of humor in helping to "lighten up" life. That could mean watching a short video reel from a comedian. OR another way to think of it, is reframing what we experience and looking for fleeting moments of delight.
Moments of noticing can be helpful. Both your own noticing or noticing the noticing of others. Kate Bowler talks about a particularly hard day when her son then came home and was recounting his day at school and his noticing of how friends interacted on the playground -- and she took delight in noticing how he had noticed. It didn't even have to be a first-hand experience to give her a moment to "lighten up" her day.
My life and load has been lightened by knowing that Lisa Svenson is preaching this week and Pam Breniser will preach on Feb 5. Both have unique knowledge of the theme of the day AND because of all the time involved in preparing for a Board of Ordained Ministry Meeting over the next three weeks, it helps make ministry at these various levels possible.
May you experience a moment of noticing this week that lightens your day.
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