June 2 Inspiration

From the Desk of Pastor Becky Hart

Life is really, really messy right now. I was watching the Today show and one of the anchors started crying—and I got teary with him. We are all looking forward to things getting better, but like those first disciples in the wake of the crucifixion, we get dejected easily, and wonder if there really is a way forward.

In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott wrote about faith-filled hope – and forward movement. Lamott writes:

“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.

Thirty years ago, my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”

Journeying with you day-by-day, bird-by-bird,