Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Reverb 10: Day 1 - One Word

This morning I came across this link.   A little poking around, and I decided it would be a great way to spend December here on the blog.  Writing about a prompt every day.  Looking backwards at the crazy year that was, and forwards to hopes and dreams for days to come.  I've added the button to my left-hand sidebar, and I'm ready to dive in.

Starting with this prompt for today:

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

I would use the word deconstruction to encapsulate 2010.  (Is that even an actual word? Or is it one that I made up?)  Deconstruction or maybe the word duckless.  (Duckless I definitely made up.)   Almost nothing today that I counted on as certainties a year ago still exists in my life.  But, there have been hidden blessings in the deconstruction.  I'm definitely still reeling from some of it, but I'm thankful for it too.  For a year that has found me making different choices.  For a year in which I've learned that God loves me, and that I am surrounded by people who also love me deeply, and who have held me up in prayer as I've navigated some awfully tricky situations.

I'm hesitant to assign a dream word to 2011.  A year ago I was saying that I hoped 2010 would be a fabulous year.  Despite it's blessings, it's been one of the hardest years of my life.

But if I was to pick a word to encapsulate 2011, it would be healing.  I want it to be a year of seeing deep, true healing in all sorts of areas.  In relationships, in heart wounds, in family.  A year of rebuilding, with better foundations.

And, if I'm honest, I realize that I'm not sure healing can happen without deconstruction and being duckless for a season.