When is emptiness a gift?
Maybe not that often. We don't like feeling empty any more than our continually hungry growing children or teens! Emptiness often makes us feel deficient in some way. Lacking.
But we do understand how being full, or too full, isn't always good. We're uncomfortable when we overeat. Our stress levels rise when our days or calendars are too full. We all feel that sometimes, "It's just too much." The nature of IT might vary, but the sense of being too full of IT is real.
When we are too full, when life is too full, then emptiness is a gift. We will talk about the gift of emptiness this Sunday (and also on Wednesday night when we practice meditation, an emptying of self which opens us up to God.)
If you have a friend who has said recently, "It's just too much. I don't know how long I can do this," then invite them to worship. Perhaps together we will receive this precious gift!
Our Journey this Lent will explore "Gifts of the Dark Wood." Come along and find some new and precious gifts yourself!
March 17: The Gift of Emptiness March 24: The Gift of Being Thunderstruck March 31: The Gift of Getting Lost April 7: The Gift of Temptation April 14: The Gift of Misfits (Palm-Passion Sunday) April 21: Where We Go From Here (EASTER)