Heroes

“Quite often in the retelling of their stories our favorite heroes move from ordinary people who were brave enough to show up in extraordinary circumstances to superhuman dissidents the likes of which we’ll never be.” ~ Osheta Moore, Dear White Peacemakers

Does this move keep you from showing up?

Wade in the water

Wade in the Water – A song of hope and a reminder that the way to freedom goes through the water. Rivers and streams provided cover and transport for the Underground Railroad. At the same time actually wading into the water was messy, exhausting, dangerous and at times made you long for the solid ground you left behind as Osheta Moore reminds us.

When are you troubled enough to wade in the water?

Imagination

As Shakespeare put it in a Midsummer’s Night Dream, “imagination bodies forth the form of things unknown”.

How do you explore the not yet?

Stillness

“Stillness is not about focusing on nothingness; it’s about creating a clearing. It’s opening up a emotionally clutter-free space and allowing ourselves to feel and think and dream and question.” ~ Brene Brown

How do you create clearings?

Transformation

“When we are able to fully release our need to control the outcome, thresholds become rich and graced places of transformation.” ~ Christine Valters Paintner

How do you open yourself to threshold grace?

Fannie Lou Hamer

“Rest comes as rest comes … When it comes, it is balm to the spirit and solace to the soul. This is the rest that wafts from a wellspring of intentional justice seeking as spiritual practice. … Fannie Lou Hamer was cloistered in an activist movement, finding her focus, restoration, and life in God in the midst of the beloved community already here and yet coming.” ~ Barbara Holmes, Joy Unspeakable

Do you find rest in seeking justice?