This is my kind of church.
On a morning when we all woke up to still another mass shooting, I needed to clear my head. While they refuse to call it a hate crime (yet) it’s impossible to imagine a justifiable defense for walking into a crowded nightclub with a rifle and opening fire. So many lives taken and altered in that moment. For the people who think hateful, divisive rhetoric isn’t dangerous, think again. We need to stop this madness.
Come to Blue Sky Church. Breathe in the cold November air, stretch out your legs and your mind. Open your heart. It’s impossible to be grateful and hateful in the same moment.
We believe in being attentive and mindful. We believe in appreciation for all living things, and allow those things, to be as they are. No one is born with hate.
Say thank you. And then say it again.
A congregation of birds is called a “flight flock”. They come together in this way for safety and well being.
Be a light.
The wrens and flickers, kinglets, sparrows and snipes welcome you. I do too. Come take a walk with me*
Those birds, against that sky. Hopeful, ominous, rising up, barging on. What in the world is happening in the world? But we keep on keeping on. I’m grateful for my woods these days.
Like Mary Oliver says about prayer:
“Just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak”.
That’s how I feel in my Blue Sky Church. I feel held and I feel heard. Is there anything else? I’m so glad you have your woods too*
I don’t even know what to say. I see you. I’m grateful. I’m tired and sad. I’ll keep walking under skies, whatever color. sending love.
As I say after every horrific shooting, we are well beyond a need for words. We need action fueled by outrage. We also need focus and persistence. That’s where nature steps in. Keep walking and caring and loving. We need a pretty massive heart-shift and I trust it can happen. Thanks for being here*
I love your invitation to
Be a light.
There is so much we can learn from the natural world that will make us be better humans. Thank you for showing us some of that light with your example and encouragement to be and do better.
Oh, Jude, thank you so much. All the most important things happen on a walk. Sometimes it not just helps, but heals us. A hard day. We have to do, and be, better.
Hallelujah and Amen to the Blue Sky Church. What a different world it would be if all were like this.
Oh, wouldn’t that be something to see real “love your neighbor” kind of stuff? It’s so sad what is happening all over the country.
“It’s impossible to be grateful and hateful in the same moment.” Thank you, Bonnie Rae. That wren, what a gem. <3
Thanks for being here, Crystal. Wrens are my absolute favorites and to see these three today was like winning the lottery!