Wednesday Wisdom: JK Rowling

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“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” -J.K. Rowling

Use your magic, friends. Make the world a better place with it.

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Wednesday Wisdom: Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman has a lovely habit of writing amazing works of fantasy (The Sandman series saved my faith in many ways) AND sharing his dreams for the new year each New Year’s Eve. He shared this one back in 2006, and it’s still solid advice for all you creative, anxious, geeky, human humans that you are!
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
– Neil Gaiman

Wednesday Wisdom: Broderick Greer

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broderickgreer.com

“When Jesus feasts with outcasts, he is engendering the way the reality of Divine Love breaks into our reality: by defying every book of etiquette. Jesus demonstrates that God does not appear in the world in neatly wrapped packages, but in the middle of chaotic dinner parties, the fragility of a teenage pregnancy, and the mess of the general human experience.” – Broderick Greer

Read full article here. It is well worth your time! And as you gather around tables this holiday season, reflect on who is and isn’t present, and why this may be so.

Wednesday Wisdom: Christena Cleveland

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christenacleveland.com

“Advent is an invitation to plunge into the deep, dark waters of our worst world, knowing that when we re-surface for air we will encounter the hopeful, hovering Spirit of God. For when we dive into the depths of our worst world, we reach a critical point at which our chocolate and pageants no longer satiate our longing for hope – and we are liberated by this realization. Indeed, the light of true hope is found in the midst of darkness.”

-Christena Cleveland, from Advent/Darkness.

Will we be bold and brave enough to venture into the darkness this season? Do we have hope that there will be something to hold onto when we reemerge?