Spiritual Swinging

Spring is a volatile season.  One day we have 75 degree temperatures and are celebrating the blossoming trees and budding flowers, and the next, we are protecting them from fierce winds and snow.  We are reminded regularly by long time Coloradans that you can’t be sure about planting annual flowers until after Mothers’ Day as the rule of thumb.

Our spirits also experience those kinds of big swings.  Our highs and lows often come surprisingly close together, sometimes swinging wildly within the course of a day.  A day can start out beautifully and take a sharp turn for the worse with some harsh word or inconsiderate act by a co-worker or even a stranger.  Or we can be down in the dumps and get an unexpected call or letter from a family member who lives in another state, or even receive a smile and a kind word from a store clerk, and feel our day turn around completely.

This weekend was like that for me.  We learned on Saturday afternoon that the mother of our daughter Annika’s best friend died after a long battle with cancer, leaving Hunter as literally an orphan in the world.  This was very sad news for all of us, because he is a wonderful guy for whom we have great affection.  And yet that evening, we were sharing a lovely dinner in the home of some new friends, being treated royally.

On Sunday morning, Pastor Jolly reminded us that in whatever our circumstances, Jesus shows up and brings us what we need, even when we ourselves aren’t sure what that might be.  Between Pastor Jolly’s preaching and the Confluence Band’s playing, we were all lifted up to higher ground in worship. Jesus came to God’s Grace yesterday and gave me what I needed – peace, perspective, purpose and power for life.

So today, when I again encounter the swings of my spirit, and have had to deal with the reminders of realities like the deaths of Sherry and of Dr. Atkinson who was killed in our community last week, or of the mundane but depressing realities of things like finishing my taxes at a time when my business is slow, I am confident that Jesus will show up and bring me what I need.

Thank you Lord for showing up in our lives through experiences, both good and bad.  We especially thank you for making us a part of a larger family of faith that includes brothers and sisters like Pastor Jolly and our friends from Confluence and Love Light and Melody who help make that presence real to us and with whom we share in your work.  Give us your peace, perspective, purpose and power for living each day, come what may. Amen.

Dave Erickson-Pearson

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