This Week in Church: Reversals and Changing the Question

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

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This week in church, we talked about reversals.

The world is not as it should be. Certainly not right now, but in many ways, regular life is not what it should be either. The normality that many of us are longing to get back to is rife with deep inequalities, systems that destroy the planet, and personal pain that tears us apart inside.

Not as it should be.

But also, it is not entirely as it seems. There is beauty. There is redemption. There is hope. There is connection. There is love.

The Easter story is one of resurrection and death defeated. It's a story of reversal where the "not as it seems" wins over "not as it should be." Instead of waiting around for that to happen for us, however, we can work to participate in it. We can help redeem our not-right world by actively working to reveal its hidden glory.

This week in church we talked about changing the question.

Instead of stewing in our anger or fear or sadness, constantly asking why (why me, why now, why this), we can try asking "what now?"

What now doesn't mean we have to stop feeling angry or afraid or sad or whatever else. It just means that we stand where we are, look around at our surroundings, and then figure out what we want the next step might be.

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