May 13 is Mother’s Day; a day with all sorts of baggage, good and, well, not-so-good. But at the heart of motherhood is something that applies to everyone, all the time, everywhere. It’s relationships. And if there is anywhere we get stuck over and over again that’s it. So for the next handful of weeks we will be exploring Third Ways for our world of relationships. What better way to honor moms, kids, and just plain people than to find a way to grow and bloom with those we love, live, work and play. Here’s what we’ll be talking about…
May 13: “I” vs “I” It’s Mother’s Day… whether that brings joy, mixed or not-so-good feelings to you. The big thing about motherhood we share is the life-giving relationships we all need and are responsible for. And face it, it isn’t easy. Today we start a couple week investigation into what gets us so stuck that our relationships too often suck life, rather than give it. So, if you are looking for more and are willing to put your own cards on the table to find it, then you are in the right place. Thanks for being Jacob’s Well with us today!
May 20: Who Will Go First? We could get unstuck in the stand off of our relationships at home, work, school, with our friends and neighbors, if they would just go first. You know, do the right thing. Or if we could all agree to jump at the same time. Then, we’d trust them and we would know that it was going to work out okay. But as nice as that sounds, we’ve been waiting for that for a long time and it isn’t happening. It’s stuck. So, if there is a Third Way… what is it?
May 27: Play It’s easy to let our relationships fall into division of labor: you take care of this, I’ll take care of that, and I’ll see you at bedtime. Where is the room for fun? Our relationships often start with lots of joy and fun, and there’s no reason we have to let the fun die. This week we’re going to be practicing play as a community. Get ready for community choir, yoga, and building things!