On the cusp of a new year, we reminisce the grief and joy of 2021. For me, I hold the joy of three friends having new babies this year AND the grief over the number of COVID tests my family went through this fall. On New Year’s Eve last year, my family wrote down the things we did not like about 2020, we made a bonfire and we burned them away! Then around that same fire, we named aloud all the good memories for 2020, and there were so many! We then named hopes for 2021, many have come true while others we will hope for again in 2022.
New Year’s Eve and Day hold a lot of “both/and feelings.”
So when I watched this Google commercial, it brought me to tears. It reminds me of how much we have to celebrate even in the hard times. It makes me want to tattoo two words on my wrists in 2022: resiliency and hope.
Two things really stood out to me from the video:
The first speaker said, “I am broken and I am healing.” Aren’t we all right now?
And once again, the powerful words of Amanda Gormon from her poem “The Hill We Climb” saying,
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious
Here we are in a both/and moment. I think God shows up even more sometimes in the both/and moments… when we grieve big and thank hard, God is right there with us. So cheers to the past year and the new year, may we face 2022 with resiliency, hope, and love.
In the comments of this blog, name one thing you didn’t like from 2021, one thing that brought you joy in 2021, and one thing you hope for in 2022. Let that be our prayer this day. Amen.
-Written by Brittany Porch
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