This jumble of things represents the last year and a half of life at our house. Masks and hand sanitizer, symbols of things we’ve used in online worship at #thinplaceNASHVILLE, art supplies that have kept me sane, a Santa mask that arrived after Christmas that sadly we might need again this year, lotion for all the hand washing. Carry out/takeaway receipts…including our go-to the cafe at Thistlefarms!
It’s been quite a season of change, frustration, joys, and trauma!
Yesterday, I finally cleaned off this tray and the counter that’s held it for so many months… Opening up the way for new things but taking time to notice all the things that have led to where I am today. All the growth and change and all the things that are still very much the same.
So grateful for life and love and for my husband Rob putting up with me over all these months. Grateful for masks and vaccines and for Zoom church and Facetime calls! And grateful for all that Jesus has done and will do with the piles of stuff we all have from 2020 and 2021!
What are the symbols of this last year for you?
Take a look around your house, or through your journal, what do you notice?
What are you learning about yourself in this season?
Take some time to reflect and ponder before we get so far ahead that we forget the richness of all of the messiness of these months.
What do you want to remember?
What do you still need to grieve and process?
We all have stuff to grieve AND we have things to celebrate and be grateful for too.
Take some time this weekend to be grateful for all the good things in your world right now and all the good things of this past year! Make a list, create a collage, or call a friend and share the good things! Start a gratitude journal for this new month and next season!
You might use the notes app in your phone to make a list each day of things to be grateful for… or take a photo each day to help you remember. Then stop and look back through your lists and photos at the end of the month and praise God for all these wonderful things!
I’d love to hear what you’ve been learning in these last few months! And what you are thankful for as you begin this new season!
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