I sat down to write a post about Magic Church today, only to find that there was an active shooter at a garlic festival not terribly far from me in Gilroy.
Really? Is this what we have come to? Slaying people at forums whose sole purpose is to eat stinky veggies and forget worries for at least one day?
I know that violence has been going on forever in so many communities. I know that guns and crime and poverty isn’t new. But what IS newer and newer is lack of community. We spend more time on phones than with real people. It’s easy to be up on the latest trends but not notice that people are slipping away from us slowly from lack of contact with others.
I suppose this lack of connection that I sometimes feel in my own life makes me enjoy Magic Church even more than someone who has a big extended family in and out of their life on a daily basis. I can’t get enough of the rag tag worship team, the bell choir in their white gloves ringing in a new holiday or a modern hymn, or today’s post-church luau.
I don’t understand the world lately, but I do know one thing: When we lose our connection to people – even the ones that bother us down to our core – we lose humanity. And when that happens, we get the idea that maybe taking a machine gun and killing innocent people is a better idea than facing our own wounds and healing.
I beg of all of you, this Sunday night, to consider talking to someone in the grocery store. Offer a kind word to your neighbor – even the one that chats too much or uses you for too much flour. Call your mother tomorrow (Yes, Mom, I’ll call you) and stop worrying about shit that doesn’t matter. It’s the shit in our lives that DO matter. Find a community you can heal in.
And if nothing else, you heard it from me: You are loved. You are valuable. You are going to be okay. You are worth a banquet of nurturing. Yup, even the good glasses!
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3 thoughts on “Where Are You, God? It’s Me, Andrea”
What a nice post and yes I agree, we need to focus on connecting with others, instead of living inside our phones. It’s crazy, sometimes if you stop to look around you, almost everyone is looking at their phone. That is really sad about the shooting and unfortunately it’s become so common now.
Enjoy your week.
Thank you, Bookworm. I appreciate your posts. I’m overdue in reading! Got so caught up in figuring out my business plan that I sometimes lose track of what makes me happiest.
Three mass shootings later… it’s a good message (we all need connection, god knows I do) but I feel like there’s something more. On my blog I say it’s all about the guns, but really it’s about anger. Will banning guns reduce shootings? Will increased connections between people? Yes and yes. But how do we help people overcome the anger that drives them to kill strangers. To hear our politicians we need to lock up the mentally ill, but that’s me and I’m not going to shoot anyone.