There will be peace when… midweek Pause for Peace

I hadn’t heard of the Dutch writer Etty Hillesum before reading Gideon Heugh’s poem.

Not a saint nor a martyr, but a human being standing in a place of unutterable paradox of evil and beauty.

Who understood it was our inner world where peace is cultivated.

Let’s pause…

(after Etty Hillesum)

There will be peace when
every human being
(yes you, yes me)
reaches into their heart
finds the prejudice
the hatred
the unyieldingness
that is there
(believe me, it is there)
and does everything they can
to remove it.

+ Gideon Heugh, from Naming God, 2023

#Pause4Peace 🌿