2013 has been a rough year - up and down and all over the place. I sold my book, I left my job, my mom got sick(er), my own health got worse, and I moved back to South Dakota. It’s hard, when looking at everything that’s happened, to feel grateful.
But, I believe that there is some worth to the ritual of reciting the thanks, even if you don’t feel very grateful in the moment.
This year, I am thankful for my parents, who have taken me in and provided me with a place to live while I finish up my book and get my freelancing career going.
I’m thankful for good doctors and nurses and volunteers who took good care of my mom while she was in the hospital earlier this month.
I’m thankful for friends who light candles, offer prayers of support, and who care about my family without having met them.
I’m thankful for my friends who understand my anxiety problems and who have supported me throughout these last few months of beginning to recover from it. (In that vein, I’m tremendously thankful for Xanax).
I’m thankful for an online community that not only allows me to be me, but provides accountability and support when I need it.
I’m thankful for my editors and my agent who know how to make my writing stronger and better and who have been working to make my book the strongest it can be.
I’m thankful for my readers who have been a challenging and faithful audience and have shown excitement over my work even when I’ve not been jazzed about it myself.
Were I to name the people in my life who have helped make this year better than it should have been, the list would last pages and I would still miss people. So, friends, know that I am thinking of you and that I am grateful.
(To my non-American readers…sorry ‘bout the sappiness).
Unfortunately, not paying attention to race and gender does not make gender-race inequalities go away, precisely because these inequalities are institutionalized and not just ideas in people’s heads.
Theological ideas do not drop down from heaven! They are created by people, [in specific contexts with specific issues and interests], who are seeking to understand the meaning of God in an unredeemed world. Therefore, when people talk about theology as if it were not made by people with special interests they are camouflaging the fact that all theology is a social product.