God is the source of everything that is in every moment of time. For this view, affirming that God is creator is not primarily a statement about origination in the remote past, rather, it is a statement about the present dependence of the universe upon God. (72, Marcus Borg, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time)
I worry that I do not do enough. I don't like calling people, so I don't call my senators as often as I feel I should. I don't attend every march or rally-my feminist meetup is more of a social group than an activist one. Where I have found solace is my work for mental health/disability advocacy and in my writing. As much as I love to berate myself, no one can do everything - we must spend time where our talents lie. I did not attend the March for Our Lives last week, but it influenced this writing. The arts are important-writing is what keeps people alive in hope when their feet can no longer lift. Writing has the ability to change people and movements years after the writer has died. Will my writing do that? ummmm, maybe? I only know that I feel my best when I write.
Here is a piece of writing from the writing activity where I work. This week's prompt was the first line in Anne Lamott's book, Grace (Eventually):
There is not much truth being told in the world.
There is not much truth being told in the world. But if you look around, the truth can be seen. The news will have you believe the lie that all hope is lost, that we shouldn’t try to make changes. They are saying that because those in power know their time is up and they are terrified of what that will look like. We must tell the truth if those in power will not. If we are not acknowledged, then we must act out our truth anyway.
The truth is the truth - no amount of ignoring will cause it to not be so.
The truth is that the world of absolutes has come to an end. Everything is fluid; all can change, all can be made better. Transformation and redemption always have the final word. It is that time of year when we acknowledge that truth-this time the children who are fed up will enforce the truth to stay.
I hear a lot of older adults complain about how everything is so complicated know, with people deciding how they want to label themselves. I think it's much simpler though: people have the freedom to be who they were created to be without worry of fitting into society's labels. It is a wonderful thing. I think God wants us to create with her outside the bounds of our rules but inside the borders of God's grace and love.