In this talk I get vulnerable about some thoughts I'm having about balance, love, polarization, and the work that is before us. I also dig into the medieval history of the colour red, which is more fun, but both are important :)
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2/15/2021 10:54:23 am
Thanks, Alana! This podcast hit very close to home today and highlighted a personal dilemma. I have a friend of 40 plus years who has tripped my trigger more than once. We used to be very similar in our beliefs when we were "baby" Christians, We remained friends with similar beliefs over many years. For the past 10 or more years she has veered more and more toward ultra-conservatism and I have veered toward more liberal ideologies. I have struggled to maintain a friendship but have found it very difficult. I find myself becoming angry and have challenged her numerous times. I am sure I have not always been loving in my remarks to her but keep hanging onto some semblance of a relationship, even though others have told me to "let her go". I got the strong feeling while listening to your podcast that I need to make my peace with her in order to move forward in my life. I am not sure if the friendship will remain or not but we can not keep going as we are. It also struck me that God lives in her just as much as s/he lives in me and I must approach her with love in my heart. My way to God and her way to God look very different but we both have the same goal. I am sure I will listen to this podcast again and I will hold all that you are saying and all that is stirring in me in a sacred place.
2/15/2021 02:22:58 pm
I was born and raised in a fundamentalist Evangelical church, unlike Denise, I checked out of that environment in the '70's as the political movement in the ranks began to take shape. However, like Denise, many friends, some lifetime, I have not been able to reconcile my heart to them, and I thank Denise for stating our dilemma so well. I so agree that this podcast has brought me to an awareness about Love that I really have to stop ignoring. Observing Lent is something I've done seriously only in recent years, and I have been looking for a theme, a direction to which I might carry through the next 40 days. A friend posted When Love Meets Dust, and that led me to your website, and now I know this is time I have to resolve these issues.
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Alana Levandoski is a song and chant writer, recording artist and music producer, in the Christian tradition, who lives with her family on a regenerative farm on the Canadian prairies.