nevertheless, we persisted.

kathyescobar faith shifts, healing, incarnational 6 Comments

It’s a new year. And goodness gracious, do I know so many people who are happy to leave 2017 behind! It’s been a rough one for so many–politically, spiritually, practically, and on a host of different levels.

It was a pretty tricky one for me, too. 2017 was filled with transition, hard work at The Refuge to help nurture a healthier infrastructure, all sort of unexpected “omg, really?” moments and circumstances, and a boatload of angst watching the people and values I care about being violated by this political administration.

There were countless good things, too:  healing, focus, new life, so-many-fun-adventures-with-family-and-friends, and the joy of a vocation I truly love.

The resilience of the human spirit continually awes me.

God’s image in human beings consistently amazes me.

The downward ways of Jesus being lived out in people around the world despite all odds always inspires me.

Through so many hard things, people keep rising up out of the ashes.

Keep going. Keep trying. Keep moving. Keep hoping. Keep loving. Keep advocating. Keep healing. Keep persisting. 

Yeah, nevertheless, we persist.

Nevertheless we persisted in 2017 in all kinds of different ways, through all our different stories.

With an administration that was relentless in a constant onslaught on so many things we value and love.

Through the crumbling of a faith system we once held dear.

Despite divorce and broken relationships that crushed our hearts.

Through death of people we dearly loved.

Through death of dreams we fought for until the bitter end.

Nevertheless, we persisted. 

Through loss of a job, our health, our house, our immediate hope.

Despite having no money and some days not knowing how we’d pay the bills.

Regardless of feeling lonely and afraid and insecure.

Through failures and flops.

Nevertheless, we persisted. 

Through bitter breakups.

Through miscarriages and shattered hope.

Despite our doubts.

Through floods and fires.

Nevertheless, we persisted. 

With the pain of #metoos flooding our hearts and memories.

Through minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years of maintaining sobriety.

Despite no support from our brothers and sisters who hold differing theological beliefs.

Regardless of our lack of ability to pray.

With kids who keep us up at night, sick with worry.

Nevertheless, we persisted. 

Despite news day after day after day after day after day of an unstable president with power to dismantle so much good work.

Through freezing cold marches and signed petitions.

Through darkness and depression and dark nights of the soul.

Despite people trying to silence us, shush us, tell us we need to stop rocking the boat and play nice (as in, by status quo rules).

Yes, nevertheless, we persisted.

Here’s to even more persistence, resistance, resilience in the new year ahead.

Here’s to more of God’s peace and courage and strength to keep going in 2018.

Your stories help me keep persisting, too.

Nevertheless, we persist.

Nevertheless, God is with us.

Happy New Year from Colorado today, Kathy