All becomes gift…
From The Accidental Talmudist:
Please join me in praying for the victims of the terrorist attack in Istanbul. It appears that at least 36 people are dead and over 145 injured.
May the memory of the departed always be for a blessing.
May the wounded receive a complete and speedy recovery.
May they and their families be comforted in their grief, and relieved from the hardships which follow.
May the perpetrators, living and dead, receive absolute and speedy justice from the Eternal.
May we all take inspiration to help repair this badly broken world, using every means available.
And let us say Amen.
by Mary Oliver
Holy Spirit, enfold me into yourself
“Mourning makes us poor; it powerfully reminds us of our smallness. But it is precisely here, in that pain or poverty or awkwardness, that the Dancer invites us to rise up and take the first steps. For in our suffering, not apart from it, Jesus enters our sadness, takes us by the hand, pulls us gently up to stand, and invites us to dance…”
from Turn my Mourning into Dancing: Finding Hope in Hard Times
In early summer, feel the turning of the long afternoon to evening. If you feel consolation, and then that slight urgency to hold on to it: rest knowing that nothing is static. If you feel despair, it too will turn over to comfort once again. Let fear dissolve into thanks. Bask in the light that…
“For wisps of clouds converging on the noon horizon, where heaven touches earth / And the savage storms that jar the night, but leave us with morning dew…”
As we reflect, respond, and pray through the disturbing events that have taken place in the U.S., the U.K. and throughout the world, John O’Donohue’s words are timely: “A blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen,” and “Love is the only antidote to fear.” This song sums up an appropriate response to our times: