December 31, 2013
“Always we begin again,” said my spiritual director after I poured out a litany of ways I keep having to start over in my life. Margi had chosen a quote from St. Benedict to encourage me and it worked; I have since used that quote to encourage others!
With that in mind, I am starting this new blog. The old one served me well for a season but, for various reasons, it’s been dormant for over a year. Though I am ever on the upward/outward/inward journey, that path is taking me in some new directions. I’m sensing 2014 is going to be a pivotal year and I’m gearing up for some fairly deep work both emotionally and spiritually. Accompanying that will be a need to write, and not just in a private journal. It will do me good to put myself “out there” in a way that is vulnerable; refusing to hide has been one of my life’s themes, and I sense this is going to be even more crucial in the coming season.
OK, but what’s the title about? (I hear you ask.)
One of my favorite songs is “Better Than a Hallelujah” by Amy Grant which says:
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody.
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a hallelujah
This blog should prove to be a beautiful, messy, broken, heartfelt hallelujah.
I hope you’ll join me in the chorus.