In the darkness, this is holy ground

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For Good Friday… HOLY GROUND Cradling light and dark, joy and pain, life and death. This is holy ground. Where what is broken, can be restored, and grief is held with a gentle hand. This is holy ground. Where tomorrow’s hope is more real than today, even if we can’t see it, yet. This is … Read more

How to ‘tell it slant’ with kindness

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Delighting in the generosity and wisdom of poetry. TELL ALL THE TRUTH BUT TELL IT SLANT Tell all the truth but tell it slant —Success in Circuit liesToo bright for our infirm DelightThe Truth’s superb surpriseAs Lightning to the Children easedWith explanation kindThe Truth must dazzle graduallyOr every man be blind — + Emily Dickinson, … Read more

Standing quietly in truth

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CHOOSING TO STAND Where am I standing What am I standing on Who am I standing with Here Where is the love I am standing on What is the truth I am standing with Who are the people I am part of Today On the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. ~ Inspired by … Read more

Finding sentinels in the mist

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Sound travels differently in the cloud. Dampened echoes of the valley in the fluster of ducks disturbed by my presence. Yet some things remain. We need those who will stand with us. Who will speak the truth in love and help us frame what we see. Even when all is not clear. Where are your … Read more

Owning our stories of struggle

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It takes courage to own our stories of struggle. Not making them into a melodrama, but recognising the truth that life isn’t always easy. And neither are we. These stories start with us looking in the mirror and choosing not to airbrush the imperfections. Nor making excuses, but instead choosing to love and be loved. … Read more

Naming the truth of love

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I heard this poem yesterday. Somehow it feels important to place it as a marker at the entrance to this week. With hope. LOVE The ground that hatred has gainedwill be retaken by love,the losses that we’ve sustainedwill be remembered by love, the tears that we’ve criedwill be wiped away by love,the pain and grief … Read more