Rev. Canon Michael Gilton
June 6, 2021
Flourishing – Blessed
A friend sent me an article from the New York Times, entitled “There’s a Name for the “Blah” You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing”. It describes our psychological condition post-COVID. Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness as if we muddle through days looking at life through a foggy windshield – and the author says it may be the dominant emotion of 2021.
What can we do about this? The author suggests we “name our languishing”, or talk about it. But just talking about it isn’t enough. We need help beyond ourselves. I call our new sermon series “Flourishing”, which is actually the opposite of languishing. Flourishing is the very peak of well-being, having a strong sense of mastery and mattering to others. How does being a disciple of Jesus not only help us overcome any lingering feelings of languishing, but bring real flourishing into our lives?