The road ahead

Hope and despair, truth and lies, narratives colliding, a country in shambles. How can we grow to see the truth of another person’s lived experience? Wonder what is going on inside them? Stay curious to how the world appears through their eyes? What would it be like to walk in their shoes?

Will we then know the things that make for true peace?

Bridge building

“If we’re to live up to our own time

Then victory won’t lie in the blade

But in all the bridges we’ve made

That is the promise to glade

The hill we climb

If only we dare” ~ Amanda Gorman, Inauguration poem excerpt

What is your bridge to make?

Journey

In the story of the burning bush God said, “I have seen the misery of my people who are in Egypt. I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings and I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land…” Exodus 3:7-8

How does God see, hear, know about you, and is near? What will God do for you? How do you listen for God’s promise?

The hill we climb

When day comes we ask ourselves,

where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace

And the norms and notions

of what just is

Isn’t always just-ice

When day comes we step out of the shade

aflame and unafraid

The new day blooms as we free it

For there is always light

if only we’re brave enough to see it,

if only we’re brave enough to be it.

~ Amanda Gorman, excerpts from Inauguration Poem 2021

Are you brave enough?

Fireflies

The light of fireflies grows and glows underground for 300 days before emerging transformed into the summer night. Rising on its wings, its light, long hidden, released to dance under midnight stars.

What light nurtured within you is ready to illumine the night?

Light and love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.

How do these words resonate within you?