One of my favorite things this year is YOU: your support, conversation, and good cheer. This year, you all supported my work: reading, commenting, and sharing. Some of you have become real, honest-to-God friends. I’m thankful for that, and a little astonished that this lone wolf is learning to practice community through art.
Here are the posts that resonated most with all of you this year. Most are new. One is old. Several are blue (emotionally). But I didn’t borrow any, because boo plagiarism.
- Abusers Are People Too: “Do you know what would make dealing with abuse easier? It would be easier if the abusers, and the people that support them, were monsters.”
- I’m going to wreck my Bible. Here’s why. “I want to feel at home in this Bible again. In all Bibles. I don’t want to be afraid of putting my feet up on the sofa or of reading scripture “the wrong way.” I want to have encounters with God in His Word in freedom and joy and creativity.”
- Unmentioning, unmaking, undoing, unsaying. “When I tell you that questions change your life, I don’t say that lightly. Questions are like scalpels, axes, bombs. They cut open things you’d rather stay closed. They explode your coping mechanisms. They chop off your quest to seem normal. Questions force you to see. They force you to decide.
- The Book of Common Prayer: FAQ for Non-Anglicans (I wrote this a few years ago, but it’s still popular. Clearly I need to write some more of these—maybe about breath prayer or the Sabbath? Any suggestions?) “Welcome to the Book of Common Prayer! We’re so glad you’re here. We know you feel a little self-conscious breaking open a book of liturgy for a church you’ve never actually attended. But don’t worry! We’re here to help. Remember: you’re alone. No one can see you make a fool of yourself except God, and He actually prefers you a little off-kilter.”
- I am trying to forgive my grandmother. Here’s why. “My grandmother may not even know what she has done to need my forgiveness. I am not sure what she did either. Even so, I do not know how to forgive her.”
On the subject of wrecking Bibles—I’ve put together a small group for a Lenten encounter this year, using the ideas from my book in a small group. Too late to sign up for this group, but I’m hoping to develop that experience into a course that’s available to more people. If you’re interested in hearing about later groups, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.”