(In case you missed it, here is Part 1 of “When Summer Gets Cloudy”).
How do I do justice, love kindness and walk humbly while planning vacations and taking my kids to the pool? What does it look like to enjoy life while others are suffering? Where does this heartache/gratitude tension leave us and what do we do with it? Is it possible to rest in good things when there’s so much unrest for injustice?
This summer I’ve felt a lot of tension around brokenness and blessings. As I welcome with open arms all the good and rest that comes with summer, I’m also burdened for the immense amount of suffering going on in the lives of strangers and people I love. I’ve encountered and experienced at least three ways to respond: avoidance, guilt, or gratitude.
Last month I was at a fundraiser for an organization that works to fight human trafficking, talking to a man about the mission of Rooted Chicago and he said,
“Let me ask you, how do you get people to really engage in causes? Because you know what I’m thinking? These things that are happening to these people are terrible. They really are…but how about them Blackhawks, right?”
These things. These people. It’s bad out there; let’s change the subject.