Today I want to be on the coast. Let’s imagine ourselves there (unless you’re actually on the beach, then I envy you), sitting and listening to the waves in the distance. We can’t actually see the water from where we sit, but we can hear it, crashing and rolling away. Just beyond these beautiful windswept trees. Knowing it is there, while I sip coffee with you, is enough.
I was in just such a place yesterday (sans coffee). It was nice to be able to sit for a time, step outside of everything and simply sit and be. It had been a frantic week, and I needed that reminder that it was okay to sit in quiet sometimes. Not just needed, but necessary.
Maybe because of all that is going on around me these days, or because of where I am in my life just now, I’ve been finding myself reflecting on theology lately. I’ve been thinking, particularly, about how complicated it can be to dig through the language that holds us at a distance. Words are a complicated and challenging thing, and we all carry baggage around certain words which can make it hard to communicate. And, too often, people are unwilling (or unable) to dig beyond their baggage in order to pick apart the meanings that the words hold. I’ve been thinking about this particularly around theology and theological concepts, but really it’s a matter that comes to play in many aspects of life.
I’m not sure that I’m articulating what I’m trying to say very well. I’ll readily admit that my brain is a little fried after a very busy week at work, with evenings full of moving, unpacking, and trying to get settled into my new space.
So I turn my frazzled brain to you, what would you like to talk about on this beautiful February day?