Not getting out as much?
Frederic Buechner is famous for saying that your calling in life is to find that place where the gladness of your heart meets the hungers of the world. For some of us, not getting out as much can be a time when we take time to find the gladness so that, in time, we can better meet the hungers of the world.
This gladness is not just a means to an end. It is an end in itself. Here gladness be shorthand for attention, creativity, gratitude, faith, kindness, listening, imagination, joy, playfulness, silence, and a sense of mystery. Gladness is what I mean by reverence in the remarks below; it is the entire range of qualities that form a spiritual alphabet for humanity.
Is there theological warrant for this? Yes there is. After all, the very Soul of the universe is in personal gladness and our finding of it. At least so process theologians believe. We believe that God is a spirit of creative transformation in the world seeking the well-being of each and all.
This spirit is in our healing actions in the world, including our peace-and-justice-making. Buy the spirit is also in the depths of our hearts as we grow emotionally and spiritually. God is in our gladness.
Not getting out as much? May it be a time of growth into gladness.