joy in my flower bed
some quotations from those I admire:
“I believe this is a time to love without limit. This is a time to see no stranger. In doing so, we gather information for the kind of world we want, where no one is uninsured or disposable, where our policies and public institutions protect all of us.
And if panic or grief or rage seizes you suddenly, it’s okay. It means you are alive to what is happening. The work is to breathe through it. It becomes a dance – to panic, then return to wisdom; to retreat then find the courage to show up with love anyway.
I spend all day in fear. But tonight, I got quiet enough to hear the wise woman in me, and she said, “Breathe, my love. Like any long labor, we are going to take this one breath at a time.” “ – Valarie Kaur [photo from Flickr per cc 2.0]
“Right now I’m trying to take in psychologically, spiritually, and personally, what is God trying to say? When I use that phrase, I’m not saying that God causes suffering to teach us good things. But God does use everything, and if God wanted us to experience global solidarity, I can’t think of a better way. We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment.” – Richard Rohr [photo from Flickr per cc 2.0]
a future salad in my garden
“… As we struggle with our new circumstances and wonder what “normal” will be in the future, it’s comforting to be reminded that there’s familiarity all around us and within us.
Nature is doing its long-anticipated, seasonal thing. People are still showing kindness and love, if from a distance.
It’s a reminder that we, like God, are in the business of constantly weaving together the old and the new into something that will be filled with grace in its own ways.
And it will be very good. Challenging? For sure! But also good.” – Joe Kay [from his blog, with permission]
Brian McLaren offers some great wisdom on how to pray in the midst of crisis, posted as a daily meditation through the Center for Action and Contemplation, here. [photo from Flickr per cc 2.0]
All this … and a mysterious gift of hope, given, shared, welcomed.