Archive for July, 2017


Emotional presence in drama queen days

July 14, 2017

What to do in these days?

These are the days of drama queen articles and posts and soundbytes on every topic of life imaginable.

How to manage all our feelings in the light of faux-news,  media manipulated overworked outrage, polarised passionate fightpicking. When we are close to compassion frustration and cynicism fatigue.

The temptation to log out emotionally is strong.

The prophets of old lived in dramatic times too. And they asked these questions.
Are these days for mourning? – yes very so.
And are these days for singing? – yes also very so.
Are these days for still sombre reflection? aye indeed
And are these days for breathing the gulp of God’s air and throwing back our heads in glorious laughter and praise? Yes! Yes!

some days be as this tune below, but starting with an old soulful hymn,
yet to break out into a rollicking reel and be dancing

Let us be fasting and feasting:
fasting from greed, excess, despair, hate and blame
feasting on whole heartedness, generosity, hope, love and lifting the broken up with our own grubby hands of grace.

Fast and feast. Mourn and make merry.

Jesus prophesies against neither of these, but rails against the generation that cares neither to sorrow nor to celebrate.

Let us weep with those weeping
and laugh with those laughing,
and let us renounce the sins of nonchalance,
and let us repent of the sins of distant detachment,
the sins of contrived objectivity,
the sins of deadpan poker-face,
the sins of whatever.

or as in Matthew 11
“It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking,
and they say,
‘He has a demon’;
the Son of Man came eating and drinking,
and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”


As in Jesus’ little parable here, children teach us to be emotionally present. Children still have to learn how to take care of their emotions – to make emotional life work healthily, but they start with an abundance. Those of us who have lived a while sometimes have learned to switch to emotional mute, to dissociate, to flatline. Managing our emotions has turned into negating our emotions.

The Law and the prophets calls us to full hearted, full minded, full bodied, full strength loving and living – Justice needs it. Truth needs it. Grace and Forgiveness need it.

The full-feeling life fuels us with God-given courage for the living we need to do today in the coming Kingdom of God.

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