In one of the Bible studies this weekend, we were pondering the passage from John 6 where the disciples are in a boat, the storm rises, and Jesus is nowhere to be found. We were encouraged to get into groups according to how we process life artistically–through writing, art, fabric art, drama, etc. I was asked to facilitate the writing group.
The question I was tasked to write about was: When you think of fear or terror on your journey, how might you express it artistically?
Here’s what I came up with:
The wind is blowing, it’s getting dark
I can’t see the shore, I’ve lost my mark. Continue reading Terror and Fear artistically
Once a year I gather with my Sisters in the Deaconess Community of the ELCA for fellowship and for important conversations about the Community and our ministry in the church. These are some of my favorite days in the year. Gathering with women who are doing similar ministry as me, but more importantly are deeply compelled by some of the same visions and convictions as I am, is always encouraging and uplifting. I am always inspired by these women who are leading and serving as chaplains, teachers, musicians, synod staff, seminary staff, community organizers, youth directors, social workers, preachers, and more. Even as some move into retirement, I’m often equally inspired by the spark I see in them as they talk about the work they did and the work they continue to do.
This is my 8th assembly, and as I look back on the last 8 years, I am so grateful for the support and fellowship of these women. Some years I have showed up to assembly pretty empty inside, exhausted and overwhelmed from trying to make sense of life. These women have welcomed me, embraced me, and time and time again showed care and concern for me that soothes and calms my anxious spirit.
This year we gather at beautiful Heartwood Retreat Center in Trego, WI. The leaves are changing, the air is cooling, the land is getting ready for Winter. It’s a good time to be in Wisconsin. Continue reading The Deaconess Motto