What I most want to say.

There are three tabs open in my browser at the moment. One is a list called “catching up.” One is my gmail inbox. One is this conversation with you.

“Catching up” is a to-do list of sorts. At the moment it has a long list of potential post titles and a list of the writing, teaching, preaching projects with deadlines in the next couple weeks.

None of those items are helping me at this moment as you and I are talking. Because many of the post topics are cute or ironic. And the teaching projects are for other audiences.

What I most want to say to a couple of you is, “your questions are working their way through my soul and I wish we could be in the same place to talk.”

What I most want to say to a couple of you is, “I know that you are feeling swamped and to say that I will ask God to give you a clarity that you have never felt before” sounds a bit cliche, but isn’t.

What I most want to say to a couple of you is “I am sorry for your loss.”

What I most want to say to a couple of you is “Don’t sit watching your screen for four hours a night while you try to figure out what to do for God. What you know for sure is that it isn’t sitting watching your screen for four hours a night.”

What I most want to say to a couple of you is “Rest. More than struggling so hard to measure up, rest.”

What I most want to say to a couple of you is “What if you acted as if it’s true?”

What I most want to say to a couple of you is “thank you.”

10 thoughts on “What I most want to say.

  1. Sally Lepley

    Today I find myself with 2 days free from my “regular” job and my mind has this time sooooo crammed full of lots of “good” things on the to-do list and says that this is an opportunity to get caught up a little. Actually, it is saying “a lot” rather than a “little”. While that is true, your column today reminded me of the reality of the situation. So, Friend, thanks for the reminder to do what I can today, and tomorrow, and the next day as well and not get overwhelmed by the yet-to-be-done list. And to remember that I have a Mighty God but I am NOT Super Woman! 🙂 And that people-needs take precedent over to-do needs.

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  2. Susan Pieters

    Being a social media chaplain must be the closest you can get to God, hearing way too many needs at once, able to reach everyone (sort of) and speak personally (electronically), but how hard it is to be powerless, or at least human, and still be in touch with so many people…
    Blessings and peace and thanks back at you, Jon.

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    1. Jon Swanson

      thank you Susan, for pushing my thinking and then reminding me, through this, that i am not called to be a savior (because that job is well filled) but to do what is there to be done. thank you.

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