Wednesday, September 12, 2012

An announcement and a link-up and a cross-post and...this post is a mess.

So, a couple of things:
  • I'm super-excited to let you know that I'm going to be a regular contributor over at the Family channel of A Deeper Story.  For anybody who's unfamiliar with the Deeper Story crew, their focus is on storyelling at the intersections of faith and life.  The family channel, as you can imagine, focuses on telling stories about what it means to live a life of faith in the context of family.  The groups of contributors over there is incredible, and they represent virtually every conception of "family" that you can imagine.  You should definitely head over and hang out some time.  It's a great little community of folks - one of those rare, nice corners of the interwebz.

  • Life: UnmaskedIncidentally, my first contribution for A Deeper Family went up today, and it's a fairly raw and pretty honest look at the hard work of relationships.  In that vein, I thought it would be appropriate to link up with my compadre Joy who writes over at Joy in this Journey for her Life:unmasked series.  It's a series that encourages us to be honest and vulnerable about who we are and how we live instead of putting up a front of perfection that just isolates us from the rest of the world while making everybody else insecure because their lives aren't as perfect as we pretend ours are. Her post today on Pinterest as the new weapon of choice in crafting our fake lives is pretty awesome. You should check it out, as well as all of the great stories linked in at the bottom.

So, here's an excerpt of my post from A Deeper Family today called "On Fighting for Love."  I hope you'll go read the whole thing and join in on the conversation.
The kids are asleep, the kitchen is cleaned up, and everything is prepped for the morning.  We’ve been dancing around each other all day, trying to avoid the inevitable, but we know it’s coming.  The policy of détente that we’ve been pursuing for the last 24 hours has kept things from boiling over, but it hasn’t solved anything. There’s no avoiding this, because avoiding this means running away, and we promised we’d never do that. This is the “for worse” part that we vowed to stick it out through. The “for better” will never come if we walk away now. So we stay, and we settle in and commit to facing this head on.
          Then we dance.  
And this isn’t a slow dance.  This is that Tango that you caught a glimpse of on TV when you were a kid where you weren’t sure if the people wanted to punch each other or rip each other’s clothes off.  It’s raw, and it’s vulnerable, but in this dance, there is no leader and no follower, and this is no performance.        
In fact, it’s much less theatrical and much more…graphic.  This is really two people tearing their hearts from their chests and holding them out saying,
“See me!” 
Hear me!”
I hope you'll stop by A Deeper Family and check out the rest!

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