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Put On Your Wellies and Celebrate!

February 8, 2009

Here in west Michigan, sunny days are something to celebrate in the winter.

Today is bursting with light and pleasantly cool. Everywhere, I see people peeking out like bear cubs from hibernation, hoping it’s time to wake up and taste the spring-like air on our tongues, giddy and starving for some sunshine and a chance to splash in the puddles of melting snow. It’s like being released from a prison or waking up from a coma — it’s hard to believe in things like despair and sadness on a day like today. It’s a healing balm.

Today is a day to celebrate.

Celebrate that you’re living, breathing, and literate; that you can feel hunger and excitement and the squish of mud under your boots. Celebrate sunshine reflecting off marble columns and glass panes in front doors. Celebrate cupcakes and the diversity of people in a public library. Celebrate well-worn jeans and hugs with sisters and really good red wine. Celebrate what makes you happy and what makes you sad. Celebrate that you can feel and grow and be broken and healed. Celebrate that today is sacred because it is teeming with the everyday of life and we choose to shout and laugh and cry about it.

It is the tenth birthday of my beloved church community today, which was rung in with the biggest cupcakes I have ever seen and a service that was so crackling full of energy that I felt like everyone’s hair should have been standing on end. I love that we celebrate that we are, that we continue to be, that we grow and screw up and question and fall in love with our brothers and sisters from all over the world. It wasn’t about how many people have gotten baptized since we started or how many members we’ve grown to — it was a celebration simply that the tomb is open and that we serve a glorious God, who has made us His hands and feet. And isn’t that what any celebration should always come down to, when you dig down to its very bones? I think it should be.

I have my writers group in a half-hour, and as I walk back to my car, I will breathe deeply and celebrate that I am.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Victor permalink
    February 9, 2009 3:05 pm

    i enjoyed our celebration as well.
    we have an amazing large community, don’t we?
    those cupcakes were like mini-cakes, holy crap!

  2. Caroline permalink*
    February 9, 2009 4:18 pm

    I love our community. 🙂
    And those cupcakes…if you’re gonna do cupcakes, GO BIG OR GO HOME! (I just really love cupcakes.)

  3. Linda permalink
    February 11, 2009 10:05 pm

    Getting to know you is a delight. I’m so glad to have met you at writer’s group, Caroline!

  4. Caroline permalink*
    February 12, 2009 8:22 am

    Thank you Linda!! I am so enjoying being a part of our little group and getting to know all of you. 🙂

    Thanks for reading!

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