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Good Enough

Thought for the Week
from Pastor Lisa

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Good Enough

Good Enough: 40ish Devotions for a Life of Imperfection

Written gently and with humor, Good Enough: 40ish Devotions for a Life of Imperfection gives permission for all those who need to hear that there are some things you can fix—and some things you can’t. And it’s okay that life isn’t always better. We hope to offer fresh Christian imagination for how truth, beauty, and meaning can be discovered amid the chaos of life. Each short reflection, corresponding blessing, and "Good Enough Step" celebrates kindness, honesty, and interdependence in a culture that rewards ruthless individualism and blind optimism. In these pages, we can rest in the encouragement to strive for what is possible today—while recognizing that though we are finite, the life in front of us can be beautiful.
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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK 

As many of you know, my mother has dementia.  Her story is not unlike the story of others with this disease. My story is not unlike the story of other grown children or spouses or loved ones that are caregivers. Though none of our stories is exactly the same.

On this Mental Health Sunday, I would like to share something I wrote after taking my mom out recently.

A Dementia Spring

“Oooh, look at that tree.  It’s green and white. I’ve never seen that before.” 

Green leaves on the tree have opened. White floral blossoms still cling to the branches. They dance together in the breeze.

 “Those yellow flowers are beautiful!”  Clusters of daffodils dot the landscape.

“Look at the pink tree!  It’s beautiful!”

“Did you see that one?  All those white ones?”

 

It’s as if Mom is seeing spring for the first time.

They say dementia is like reverting to your childhood.  Did she notice these things as a child?

In past years, spring did not bring her such joy. I do not recall her loving spring this much. Ever.

She may not remember the names of the flowers. She may not remember the names of the trees. But their beauty calls to her.  And she responds with such excitement.

Amidst the sadness of watching her forgetfulness increase, of watching her struggle to find the right words; there is joy in seeing her astonishment at the miracle of spring bursting forth.

Blessings, 

Pastor Lisa

Join us as this Lent as we share the devotions in Kate Bowler’s book, Good Enough:  40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection.”  We will resume our Psalm Series after Easter.

We will continue to share our thoughts on the devotions in Kate Bowler’s book,  “Good Enough:  40ish Devotions for a Life of Imperfection” at 6:00 pm this Tuesday evening, gathering on Zoom. 

We Continue our discussions as we continue  in the Easter season, Eastertide. This Tuesday we will discuss the devotions entitled

The Foundation, #9 on page 51, and No Reason Whatsoever, #19 on page 110.
I hope you will be able to join us!

Eastertide Blessings,

Pastor Lisa

We will continue to share our thoughts on the devotions in Kate Bowler’s book,  “Good Enough:  40ish Devotions for a Life of Imperfection” at 6:00 pm this Tuesday evening, gathering on Zoom. 

We Continue our discussions as we continue  in the Easter season, Eastertide. This Tuesday we will discuss the devotions entitled

 Becoming Real, #20 on page 117,  and  Being Honest About Disappointment, #23 on page 134.

I hope you can join us and join in the conversation!

Eastertide Blessings,

Pastor Lisa

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