Notes from Jan

Growing in the Dark

September 29, 2017

Life skips along in”Summertime, when the livin’ is easy” , then tends to take cover, question in the dark of winter.

Summer and winter show up when I read underlined passages in The Message.

Saint Paul’s words, Jud’s name with dates in the margin speak to my heart, strengthen my resolve.

10/12/14 (on Lunder @MGH) “…your honest faith…” (II Tim.1)  Still stunned by and learning from the gift Jud gave of his honest faith,  balancing hope with reality.

11/20/14  “Don’t be naive.  There are difficult times ahead.” II Tim. 3:1  I read this in the wee hours of the morning Jud died, a dose of reality to balance hope, so fragile a feeling, so strong a belief.

We’re in “difficult times” in our country, our world. Racism slithers in and out of our words and actions, like the poisonous serpent it is; Evil its name.

Ignore at our peril and the Life of Christ’s Church.

Something Joan Chittister wrote in Uncommon Gratitude gives perspective on dark times.

Darkness deserves gratitude.  It is the alleluia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight.”

Hope grows.









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  • Reply Karen A Knezevic Gold September 29, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you, Jan, for your hope balanced with truth. I can “hear” your voice as I read, and I am grateful.

  • Reply wendy lane September 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    So, so good. Thank you.

  • Reply Marcia Lier September 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Us Hollanders know about growth in the dark–we watch those tulips come up out of a necessary darkness (and cold). Thank you, dear Jan, for sharing the dark moments and the bright moments. They all bless.

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