Ministry Theme of the Month
Involving exposure to danger.
As exciting as roller coasters and jumping out of planes might be, let’s remember to remind each other that the most deeply rewarding risks are the ones that involve jumping into causes and putting our hearts in the hands of others. As the poet David Whyte puts it:
“We are here essentially to risk ourselves in the world. We are meant to hazard ourselves for the right thing, for the right woman or the right man, for a son or a daughter, for the right work or for a gift given against all the odds.”
Questions for Reflection:
Are your commitments deep and big enough to put you in danger?, To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger. ~James Baldwin
Who in your life needs their vulnerability affirmed? Who near you is taking a risk and needs reminding that others are watching with admiration and awe? Who could use help seeing that they aren’t simply exposed, but radiant?, “What makes you vulnerable, makes you beautiful.” – Brené Brown
How breakable is that heart of yours? Is it more carefully wrapped than you might hope? What one small risk this month might help it get some air?, “Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to keep it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable.” – C.S. Lewis