Hear, hear: good news from last week!

Ecclesiastes writes: “Everything has its season…a time to weep and a time to laugh…a time to wail and a time to dance,…a time to rent garments and a time to mend.” Ecclesiastes seems to be saying that there are distinct times for each of these emotions.

Yehuda Amichai, the great Israeli poet, understands it differently. He writes: “Ecclesiastes was wrong about that…A person needs to love and hate at the same moment. To laugh and cry with the same eyes…To make love in war and war in love.” As Trump continues to degrade and threaten our democracy, let us be active and intentional about finding all of the good that is happening alongside the bad. Let us find reasons to laugh and cry, to celebrate and doubt, to feel hopeful and scared, all at the same time.

As you go into your new week, take a few moments to reflect on some of the positive and hopeful events of last week (compiled with the help of Mary Wasmuth, Jen Hofmann’s Activism Checklist, and the Small Victories newsletter).

Hospital chaplain, community organizer, writer. Shamelessly laughs at the same jokes over and over and believes there are gateways to holiness everywhere.

Hospital chaplain, community organizer, writer. Shamelessly laughs at the same jokes over and over and believes there are gateways to holiness everywhere.