The Ocean is my comforter

The Ocean is my comforter-
I run to her
When I am all run out of words
When I am at the end of myself
Exhausted from trying to figure out the magic words
to make life open up to me.

She welcomes me with open arms
She is big enough to hold my doubts and fears and failures
and endless tears
My tears becomes her own tears,
My turmoil her waves
It’s okay, she says, I know, she says,
Let me hold you in my saltwater embrace;
I plunge in and let her carry me for a while.

She is not gentle – she is rather fierce
My waves of sorrow are no match for hers
She is no stranger to my wild grief,
For she carries the troubles of the world in her vast bosom,
The tears of all creatures are contained in her depths.
Your troubles, she says, They are not too much for me

Every day I run to the Ocean
I need something bigger than myself

Things I’ve been reading this week

The last week has been pretty terrible. I’ll write about it soon. In the mean time, here are some things I’ve been chewing on lately:

Expectation Hangovers and Twentysomething Nones (Mockingbird) – Brilliant (if slightly rambling) look at several articles/books on the topic of twenty-somethings, from the pressures we face to our (lack of) faith.

Law and Grace in the Competition of Marriage (and Personal Identity) – Another great piece from Mockingbird. One of the best pieces on marriage I’ve ever read (and could easily apply to other relationships).

Grace demolishes the idea of need-fulfillment [the give-and-take dynamic of relationships – the “I gave you this, now you owe me that”]. Need-fulfillment is a law that has no possible satisfaction. Human need is limitless on its own terms. It is a bottomless well, a pail with a hole in the bottom. Grace nullifies this. The need for personal fulfillment is not met in Christianity. It is destroyed.

The Obesity Era – Calories-in/calories-out, “you’re fat because you have no self-discipline” is so last century. Excellent piece on the complexities of obesity, which people are finally recognizing is more quantum than Newtonian. I’ll probably write about this on its own since I’ve been meaning to write something about food and diet.

Juan Mata’s Instagram – Footballer and artist.