Yesterday was the winter solstice, the day of the least sun of the year. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, we had a cloudy, grey day, which seemed a little unfair, to have so little sun on this day of all days. Even the sunrise was grey, muted. When the sun burst through sometime after 3pm, I stood at the window and stared, soaking it in, knowing it was going to be entirely gone before 5pm. I noticed the white strands of clouds, with uneven, circuitous borders, not unlike the craggy coast of Maine as displayed on a map. The blue parts of the sky were especially compelling - funny how blue the color blue can be, how many different tones it can have in one sky. Thanks be for this treasured, fleeting sun!
inspiration for today's program - to consider what we are carrying out of the year and into the nextmany layers of loss this year; when we experience a loss, it surfaces all the other losses from earlier in our lives (Krista Tippett)the virus allowed people - or is it forced people? - to see racial injustice; how do we make that awareness resilient? (Lucas Johnson)this idea of 'accompaniment', the long work of transformation, we can surround ourselves with others who also carry and maybe carry for us when we can't (Krista Tippett)we just need to do what is ours to do, develop a disposition to encounter, to support (Lucas Johnson)how might we turn to each other with curiosity? (Krista Tippett)this year has shown the importance of relationship, being curious to one another; we must also remember, some of us, even in the context of our grief, have more to carry. (Lucas Johnson)
we have a big 'action muscle,' but not a big 'reflection/discernment' muscle (Krista Tippett)we want the people in our community to know they are accompanied, their loss is seen (Lucas Johnson)if all we have coming out of this year are questions, this is good, we possess a great deal (Krista Tippett)