“I’m not sure if Louis C.K. is religious or not, but he has incisively touched upon a profound truth – if we do not allow ourselves to go to the deep, dark place, we deny ourselves the fullness of life and survive with superficial satisfaction. If church is to be a place where we invite people to meet with God, we must provide a space to plunge past the urges to placate those initial nagging thoughts of sad, and immerse ourselves in full-blown lament. This is often not the case in church communities. The Church is filled with resurrection Sunday people and not many Good Friday folks. Any hints of negativity or complaint is quickly shut down with a call to thanksgiving. We sing songs like, “When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will bless your name!” The taboo attached to swear words within Christian culture is a terrible barrier to true lament, because “gosh darn it, my wife just got diagnosed with cancer”, doesn’t do justice to the depth of sorrow. When our God given compassionate hearts encounter stories of abused children, it warrants a “F*&k it” in expression of our righteous rage. Like the kitschy Kincade paintings, the church masks over authentic suffering of the soul with pithy sayings and pat answers until all that glows is an artificial light, while true fire dies out.”—
just wanted to share some black friday/cyber monday deals from some of my favorite printmakers. i try to keep my opinions on this blog to a minimum, but i will say that this is a good way to support hardworking artists without contributing to ridiculous corporations who don’t need more money. thanks so much to OMG Posters for sharing these deals.
DKNG, black friday enter “2424” at checkout anytime on friday to get 24% off
Doe Eyed, black friday enter “BLACKMETAL” at checkout on friday to get 25% off, and if you spend $30 or more you get this sweet calendar
Delicious Design League, cyber monday probably the best deal i’ve seen, 50% off anything and everything, no code to enter, monday only