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Fear is a Liar

| Posted by Harlan

We’re reeling, and understandably so.

Another tragedy has hit too close to home and we find ourselves in a state of shock, anxiety, anger, and fear. It’s natural to be afraid. It’s natural to hold tight to the things that make you feel secure – the things that make you feel safe. After all, no one wants their loved ones to be in danger, and no one wants the security of their life to be at risk.

Nonetheless, we live in a climate that promotes and fosters anger and fear. In the search for headlines and views and clicks, we’ve positioned our news outlets and social media feeds to shout at us. The shouting has infiltrated us like poison, and has spread to every facet of our lives. We breathe and drink and soak up every bit of fear and anxiety we can – and worst of all, we encourage others to consume that death as well. And then we wonder why the world is so broken.

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Living Church

| Posted by Harlan

We’ll be using this blog to keep our friends and family up to date on our journey in England, but I thought it appropriate for our first post to be about what and who we leave behind – and just what they mean to us. There’s simply no way we could have done something like this without the security, support, and grace we feel from this community. So cheers to you Living Church…

We arrived in this community limping. We were wounded, vulnerable, skittish — fresh off a season in which we chased selfishness instead of God and each other. We spoke in absolutes — “never again”, “this always happens”, “everyone”, “no one”. You couldn’t have blamed us. The world and the church had let us down. More so, we had let each other down. There wasn’t much to be hopeful about. Yet, somehow we persevered.

Walking into Living Church for the first time, 15 minutes early, we sat meekly in the back, alone for a little while as we considered what had led us to this point. It was there that we met Rachel Hunter, and Aaron and Whitney Barth (A&W, as he referred them). They asked us about ourselves and what we did, and said they were glad we came. Normal stuff, you know.

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The Grey Matters – For Better or Worse

| Posted by Harlan

The Grey Matters was the landing spot for the creative and contemplative works that bounce around the confines of my head, as well as the inspirations that put them there. With the re-release of Viva, we decided to merge the blogs. Click here for more behind the meaning behind TGM.

I think when you say “for better or for worse”, you’re often drawn to the idea of the worst that can/will arise from a situation, or from the other person. But the real question is, do you have the strength to remain committed when the worst doesn’t come from them, but instead arises from within you, from that deep dark place you either never knew existed, or that you had chosen to ignore? Can you find it within yourself to say, “I’m flawed, but no I won’t give up. I can muster the power to remain in this fight, when I know the war is my fault.” When all you want to do is flee, that’s when you’ll know you meant your vow; when the fight is internal, the place where your weapons are weakest.

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