As we continue along in this difficult season (made all the more difficult by Covid-19), we remember the story of the Everlasting God who made Himself human to be with us. One of the names that we use to describe God is Emmanuel, which means God with us. But we also live in a dark and darkening world, where things are broken and hard to deal with. All of us have moments where things seem too hard to bear, where the weight of the world seems to press down on us to a degree unfathomable. As the Coronavirus continues its ravaging path, it can be difficult to know how to navigate the ins and outs of our day to day lives.
This year, knowing that Christmas is less than happy for many of us, and the weight of the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown all our lives off balance, we wanted to create a space where it is safe to be sad. While this sort of phrase can seem out of place in the world we live in, the church should be the safest place to grieve and know that we are not looked down on for doing so.
With all this in mind, we are offering a few resources that may help you to navigate through this year. At the bottom of this page, you will find three clickable icons with various resources that we encourage you to take advantage of should you need to.
There is no shame in feeling down, not ever. But please know that we serve a God who made Himself human to be with us. We serve a God who laughed and cried, who felt hunger and was tempted; a God who shed Himself of glory to be with us. This is no small thing, and the very hope that we cling to in times of darkness and trouble.
Wendell Berry says this: “It gets darker and darker, and then Jesus is born.”
It is OK to be down, but please don’t forget that we have everlasting hope in the person of Jesus Christ.
Together we will create brave space
Because there is no such thing as “safe space”
We exist in the real world
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.
In this space
We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,
We call each other to more truth and love
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.
We will not be perfect.
This space will not be perfect.
It will not always be what we wish it to be
It will be our brave space together,
We will work on it side by side.
(Micky ScottBey Jones, Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives with the Faith Matters Network)