Remembering good and bad times… and learning forgiveness for the feelings that come up towards it all
I cannot see a chapel like this without thinking of seminary times, but also simply of my own faith and how it has shaped my character, now and moving forward. I am grateful for every experience I have had – for better or for worse -, and trust me, grappling with my own faith, and
It Ain’t Perfect
Christianity in general, has had its share of “for worse”! As much as even I hate to admit it, Christianity is not at all perfect, mainly because it has been continued by humans leading God’s flocks. I am pained when I see hatred where there is supposed to be love, anger where there is supposed to be joy, judgment where there should be grace and forgiveness. Still, I know that the humans behind Christianity themselves cannot make any of it perfect because humans can no longer be perfect.
When I think back to my time in grad school, it’s hard not to remember all the so-called Christians who did me wrong.
Abuse is Abuse
I don’t mince words either, I experienced abuse in those halls – emotional and mental – and the kind of hell that Christians should not be casting down on one another… When I think back to my time in grad school, it’s hard not to remember all the so-called Christians who did me wrong. I don’t mince words either, I experienced abuse in those halls – emotional and mental – and the kind of hell that Christians should not be casting down on one another…
Still, There is Forgiveness
Yet, one of the biggest elements in activating joy – and often the hardest to grasp – is forgiveness, along with love, on top of several other key points. I realize the people I came across, just as I am not perfect, are not perfect either. Even more importantly, there are those, even those at and attending seminary, who cannot see the harm they cause towards others. Still, I forgive, and let it simply be a part of my journey to joy. Is it easy? In no way, shape, or form. It’s still a work in progress that I hope to continue making strides further towards as time goes on.
What has created for you a deep, spiritual moment, a moment of faith and mental calm, or even a time of deep spiritual warfare within? Does faith embody any part of your life or your joy? Does spirituality?
Remember to let me know in the comments your thoughts on any of my experiences and remarks, or your own experiences as you read!
Maybe this picture brought up something completely new and different for you. That is okay. In fact, it’s encouraged! Let’s activate our joy because of, and in spite of, all things, good and not so good.
Until we meet again, in these pages, or in person, I send you so much love and many blessings.
Activate your joy, Y’all!
– KrisE Guest