2017 Theme – We Are The Starry Eyed
Being a mother is all of it: light and dark, highs and lows, joy and pain, hope and fear, kindness and risk, wonder and mundane.
Starry Eyed means looking for the light even when darkness is enveloping. It is an opportunity to wonder at this amazing world we live in, to hope recklessly, and be generous with kindness.
Life has a way of draining the wonder out of us. We get betrayed, lose something or someone, opportunities don’t pan out, we miss a year’s worth of sleep, and slowly a layer of hardness develops. So, this year we will search out wonder like our lives depend on it. Because they do. We will stand under a sky full of stars and become overcome by the vastness of the universe, we will stay up too late laughing with friends, a sunrise will take our breath away, and we will go out of our way to be moved.
We live on the edge of a dirt sphere hurling through the universe at 107,000 kph and we can’t help but question how we got here and what it all means. Sometimes it is a heartbreaking mess, isn’t it? Hope is mysterious and surprising, obstinate and reckless. It is convinced that light is ahead of us and the path will unfold as we take our next step. Hope is the belief that it all matters, the awareness that there is always more to the story and that every sunset brings an opportunity to marvel at a sunrise.
The pain of the world echoes in our depths, telling us that something must be done, but what? We can’t sit by and idly suggest that something is not right but do nothing to offer solutions. We are responsible for one another. When the task of changing the world feels overwhelming, perhaps all we need to do is make a ripple. One small ripple can cause wars to cease, hope to be restored and gaping heart-wounds to heal. Each act of kindness can birth ripples of kindness throughout the world. Because we are not powerless.
This year in MOPS we will run wildly toward wonder, hope and kindness. We will witness God’s presence – guiding things seen and unseen, comfortable and uncomfortable – because WE ARE THE STARRY EYED and we choose to see the light.
Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it… Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. – Jeremiah 33:2-3