If you haven’t heard or seen any posts about it, it was recently Sing Song weekend at Abilene Christian University. An event where clubs and classes put together weird and elaborate acts consisting of multiple songs, choreo, and costumes. It honestly sounds quite insane but it is one of the most fun things to be a part of (if you are willing to go all in).
Sadly, the act I was a part of, Gamma Sigma Phi’s “It ‘Sherwood’ be nice ‘Forest’ to win again!” did not win and placed 2nd overall. But I will say that I have never been more proud and passionate about an act/song ever. I had so much fun and built so many bonds with brothers, with Kinsmen.
I know. I may be a little obsessed. I admit it. But it was hard to see something that we had all worked on not win over the judges. However, I do know that we did our best under the direction of an incredible director, Weston Weast, and with the heart of some of the most amazing guys I have ever had the chance to get to know.
Through these moments I have found the joy in being in community and the light of brotherhood. Even in the midst of mindless competition and complete and utter weirdness.
As I said last week, I wanted to talk more about Shane J. Wood’s book “Between Two Trees,” I was only able to get through part one through this busy week but so far it has blown me away.
I’ll share one of my favorite quotes in it so far:
“I run from my past and numb the stress of my present by running toward things that hurt me, expecting them to comfort me. Running toward Death for companionship, yet time and again only receiving abandonment.”-Between Two Trees by Shane J. Wood (41)
Isn’t that the truth? Why do we run towards pain? Towards Death? Shane had another thing to say about that which also stuck out to me.
“The light is actually causing me pain…I’m used to darkness now; it’s most familiar. So the light only causes me pain…darkness fears the light and will do anything to avoid it.”-Between Two Trees by Shane J. Wood (45)
This week has been a week of realizing and calling the darkness what it is and allowing light and truth to shine in. I think we sometimes get full of ourselves and equate pain with evil. But sometimes pain is the truth of what we need see or hear.
And yet we expect the comfort of instant gratification to supply our every need instead of living in the moment and allowing the light to shine through. I struggle with that..a lot.. I never let the light shine through even in the darkest of times, some of that may have to do with the fact that it hurts, but it also stems from my own worldly understanding of grace.
In order for me to accept that the light can shine through all of my darkness I first must accept the gift of grace. Grace. That is a hard concept to swallow but also so simple to talk about. Why is that? One of the most powerful gifts we are given and yet we talk about it like it is the simplest thing.
I’m only a fourth of the way through the book and I am eager to see what else it introduces. Until I read the rest, this next week will be a week of closing certain projects.. The Brotherhood.. and starting new ones such as ACU Theatre’s Bright Star.
Be in prayer and study.