"I use the term radical in its original meaning--getting down to and understanding the root cause. It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising a means by which you change that system."--Ella Baker I woke up on the social worker side of the bed this morning. When I found this quote, it shook me. Yes, we need to stand in solidarity with others, but sometimes we need to face a system doesn't meet OUR needs. Make the struggle personal. That will give you strength to go on when the battle seems never ending. When the headlines get too overwhelming, focus on your own battle. Keep on fighting.
I did something very much like lectio divina this week. I read Sharon Garlough Brown’s Shades of Light. I requested Shades of Light on Netgalley because I had read and loved the Sensible Shoes series. As soon as I started reading, I knew that this book would rock my world in a way I hadn't expected. I am Wren. Wren is me. I wanted to be a social worker. I went to grad school to prepare for my career. Depression and anxiety found a home inside. Actually, that's not quite accurate. The depression and anxiety I had lived with as long as I can remember overcame me. I didn't want to be a burden, but I couldn't function in vital ways. My relationships either faded away or went up in a blazing pain. If this book had existed then, I might have found hope in Christ more easily. I might