Q regulars will be aware that issues related to depression come up here from time to time. One or two have encouraged me to be a bit more open about such things and to pick up a few things that others might find helpful, or at least a resonance. So here are a couple of extended quotations from Walter Brueggemann's most recent book, Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks. These paragraphs jumped out at me from his middle section on the need for prophetic grief in the face of contemporary suffering, In this he echoes the mourning of Jeremiah and Lamentations in particular.
Part of the tour package on Wednesday was a visit to Düden Falls, which I'd heard were pretty spectacular - and as it was more or less on the way back from Termessos (see yesterday's post), I was fine with that. Have to say that I was decidedly underwhelmed on arrival - as it's situated in a rather built up Antalya residential area (surrounded by tower blocks and shacks offering roadside cuisine).
Amidst a fairly busy schedule in Turkey this week, managed to occupy a day off with a trip into the mountains above Antalya to the abandoned city of Termessos. It's power and wealth derived from controlling the only local pass through the mountains - but its construction, so high and so elaborate (temples, theatre, agora, civic buildings, many houses etc), must have been an astonishing feat of engineering and endurance.
- Emma Scrivener on form yet again her: lovely piece on the Both/Ands of the Christian life.
- She's also got a great A-Z of Christianity - check it out!
- Nell Goddard writes beautifully and poignantly on When Christians cause the suffering
- The importance of plural leadership - yet another interesting thought from Chris Green