When the world feels like a never-ending stream of bad news, of fearful threats, of actual violence on small and large scales it can feel like a crushing weight.
When children come home with distorted views of news you haven’t even talked about together, and the internet rages with right responses and rumours of revolutions. It can feel like very second person has a differing opinion on what’s the ‘right’ way to oppose injustice.
On and on, round and round until it just feels like a hurricane of disagreement shouted louder and louder over the bodies of the broken.
I start to feel like there is no reason for joy anymore.
Like it’s inappropriate to feel anything other than hopelessness and despair.
Like weeping will last and last and last.
So today I am looking through the disabling, overwhelming bad news, through the rhetoric and the rubbish, over the piles of grief.
Today I am stopping to honour the beauty of Jacaranda trees in full bloom.
I am listening to the sound of little people I love laughing.
I am joining my children in the swimming pools and chasing them until we are breathless and delighted.
I am going to the door of a rundown stable and peaking over the heads of those gathered, hushed in wonder. I am gazing silent at the Son of heaven whose love has never walked away from brokenness.
Of the One who came to give us joy and life in all its fullness.
Of, Good News incarnate.
I am filling up on the smallest things, the beauty of creation, the song found in laughter, the warmth given in a small hand holding mine.
I am not hiding from the news of sadness – my heart is sighing wordless prayers for all the world. But, I am choosing today in the midst of strife to honour and be grateful for the beauty I have been given today to appreciate.
There is beauty to behold and today I am choosing with all my heart to see it.
Let us not dishonour the gift we have by placing on our shoulders the worry of what might be, and miss the joy of what is today.
Wherever you are today, however deep the challenges of your own news, may there be a moment to delight in. May a ray of light stream through the cracked places of your heart today.
Always, always may you know the love of being worth a King’s ransom.