Week after week it has found us; shock, sorrow, pain, anguish. We haven’t been able to avert our eyes. It has been on every corner, news outlet, every social media site and on the lips of our neighbors, friends and family.
Just as the snow blanketed our city this week, so did another act of senseless violence. As our kids were making snowmen and families were sitting down to a leftover Thanksgiving meal, tragedy struck once again. In a month where we traditionally look for gratitude we have been bombarded with an evil that refuses to go away.
It’s a difficult time to be present in our own lives, find joy, peace and gratitude amongst so much suffering and yet isn’t that what we seek especially during the holidays? It’s tempting to look the other way when joy begins to creep in. Somehow it feels wrong in light of the pain around us. Recognizing the suffering that is present and not being consumed by it can be a tough to balancing act. This idea reminded me of a passage I had read in “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp:
“Why would the world need more anger, more outrage? How does it save the world to reject unabashed joy when it is joy that saves us…The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world.”
So, as we enter into the month of December Lowi & G have decided to take a break from the daily blogs. We will be focusing on being present, practicing gratitude and letting joy creep into the everyday moments of our lives. You will still see photos, quotes and random thoughts during the month it will just look a little different.
Don’t worry we will be back on January 1st with even more Sunshine & Sarcasm.
Lowi & G