I've been stressed out of my mind lately, mainly due to the beginning of school with my two youngish (under 10) daughters, lots of irons in the proverbial fire, and tryin' to balance too many things! And it's makin' me feel terribly fussy and put upon. But today brought me a gift from God in the form of a very vivid image: I saw (in my mind's eye) a large tree, kinda like the beautiful live oaks in the deep South, that was being split apart because of the weight of the branches.
I was humbled and grateful. I realized that much of life is a matter of perception. I also realized that I'm feeling like I'm goin' out on a limb in too many arenas and I need to focus on my own 'trunk'--my core stability--my spiritual health, my physical health, my family, and my congregation, if my tree is going to stay healthy.
I'm not sure what happened in New Orleans with our Episcopal Bishops this past week but I know I'm not real happy with what I've read...And, since I've got lots of non-Episcopal friends/family, my phone was ringing off the hook with folks asking me my reaction. So here it is: I'm not a happy camper. When I hear phrases like "standing together at the foot of the cross" I wonder what that means to the folks sayin' it. I'm incredibly blessed with gay/lesbian/transgender family and friends. I don't think it's okay to withhold blessings. I know gay couples who have been together a lot longer than a number of straight folks I know. I hope my transgender family member finds someone to share his life with and that he will be blessed. I know a number of gay/lesbian priests who will make wonderful bishops. So I pray for the Church. We got some interestin' days ahead!
And here's a shout-out to my fabulous hubby--10 years, Baby! Happy Anniversary. Thanks for the Family Tree we're creatin' together.