By Pr Sonja Hagander
Humans have a wondrous ability to hold two or more seemingly contradictory emotions or notions simultaneously. Psychologists call this “cognitive dissonance.” Today, I am concerned about potential war in Europe, how the pandemics are affecting our mental health, gun violence in our cities and homes, how I can be a better ally to my Bipoc family members, friends and colleagues…That list is plenty to keep me from leaving my doorstep.
I am also struck by the abundance that is present at Christ the King Lutheran Church and Cristo Rey. Much can be named, but I note a few:
-the energy of Elders in Action
-gathering for worship in person
-the kids in the lower level of our building filled with talent and accompanied by wonderful teachers
-a stunning physical property, both outside and inside
-rabbit tracks in the snow, leading into the dormant garden that in a couple short months will spring with life and feed our neighbors
-the commitment, courage and wisdom of the Ctk Church Council
-the birth of Olive Ruth Crary
-people who care deeply about this faith community
-Pastor Kisten Thompson as she completes her intentional pastoring here
-new staff arrivals of Pastor Sarah Anderson and Jean Stocker
-a pizza/bread oven that is calling my name! And brings people together!
-a wildly faithful God who does renew, heal, encourage
-dwelling in the Word with Ctk leaders
And this list is plenty to send me forth to wonder what the day will bring!
Dear ones, take a breath and ask yourself, “What concerns you most today?” and “What are the signs of abundance you notice?” Scientists remind us that to be able to live with cognitive dissonance is healthy; it gives us energy to find new ways of living, healing and creating. One might even venture to say that “out of the old comes new life,” is cognitive dissonance….a wholly, holy one indeed.