Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mortality and Humanity

Last night, the great Valentine's day sugar crash combined with a late Ash Wednesday service was not the finest hour in the McKellar household. After a day of horrible news and two Ash Wednesday services to contemplate my and my children's mortality, I was unsettled.

I know from talking to friends that I wasn't the only one. Humanity needed a win. Charleston had been rocked by the story of a 4 year old who had been abducted. Her mom was beat up by an "unwanted guest" (the full details of the story are not all public) and was found after she didn't pick up two of her children from school. But Heidi wasn't there. They didn't know if she had been taken, hid somewhere, or had wandered into the lake in their neighborhood. It was all so upsetting. Charleston is a small enough town that I knew people in their neighborhood who helped with the search. That night, the news broke into the Olympics to tell us that she had been found in Alabama and was unharmed. Humanity got a win. It doesn't take away from our sorrow for the students in Florida or the desperate need for a serious look at our gun control laws that is many years past due.

In the middle of the night, my 6 year old crawled in to sleep with us which hasn't happened in a long time. Normally I would have moved her back to her bed but I didn't mind having an extra few hours to be near her. I don't know how many more times she will do that and after contemplating her mortality at church, I think snuggles were in order for both of us.

Just as Mr. Rogers said "Look for the helpers.", I recommend looking for the good.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Doing Lent Differently

So you've given up chocolate or Facebook or alcohol for the last bazillion years. It feels good to take a break from something and reach that goal of making it through a whole 40 days (plus Sundays if you are like me and think partaking on Sundays is cheating but I am open for others to make their own decisions about that). I will admit that I am a recovering overachiever when it comes to Lent. I have been known to give up 3 or 4 things and take on 2 more. That is NOT the point of Lent. But through all of my massive amounts of Lenten disciplines, I have a few ideas of things that offer a more positive journey through Lent - taking on reading the Bible, helping your community, learning about saints.