Session No. 7 -- readings from chapter 7, “Mud Season"
learned that, as much as we seek to avoid the mud in our lives, we need
the mud for what grows from it. Every
mud season is a kind of death, with resurrection lying on the other side.
In the mud painting my daughter did at school, the great brown
swath across the bottom two-thirds of the paper is topped with tiny,
bright flowers. The image
suggests causality—mud makes flowers—but also necessity: no mud, no
flowers. As I enter my various
mud seasons, I’ve learned to ask: what death is this?
Or what is it within me that needs to die?
And out of this death, what resurrection will come?
Preparation (distribute pencils and paper or note cards):
1. List some of the things in your life -- hopes, ideals, abilities, people -- you have had to let go of or say goodbye to.
2. Briefly describe a "mud season" you've been through -- a time when something, small or large, went wrong, or when you suffered some misfortune.
1. What is your usual response to the "muddy" parts of life -- to mishap, misfortune, or disappointment?
2. What gets you through your personal "mud seasons"?
3. Have you ever found that going through a "mud season" has changed you somehow? In what way?
4. Have you ever experienced what you might call a "resurrection"? What had to die in order for the resurrection to take place?
5. What are the "dead" or "muddy" places in your life now?
6. What possibilities for resurrection do you see in your life now? What might that new life be like?
example of Jesus, and the experience of mud season, remind me of a harsh
truth: to be reborn, we first must die.
The way to