Another Act of Madness

Again we learn of "man's inhumanity to man." And we grieve and call out to God.

Isaiah 40:28
as told by Deborah

Take heart
and draw strength
from your faith;
the testimonies
that stretch
from age to age;

the Beloved is eternal,
whose glory
extends throughout creation,
whose wisdom
is beyond our understanding,
whose strength
is greater than we can imagine,
whose love
is everlasting.

Photo of a flower

Reflection by Deborah Beach Giordano
October 2, 2017

A Cry from the Heart

Holy One, be merciful to us and bless us.

We lift up our hurting hearts to you.

We cry out in sorrow and confusion;

why is there pain,
why is there grief,
why is there
suffering,
death
and separation?

It is beyond our understanding, beyond all reason;
how can You allow such things to be?

We grasp at every trace that remains;
notes and photographs, a pair of shoes,
a favorite food, a half-read book, a lock of hair,
a voice message, an old worn-out sweater…

to stay connected, to stay in touch —

to hang on
to one we can no longer hold;

constructing a bridge

to bring us nearer

to that farther side.
   

Holy God, be merciful to us and bless us.

The world is a weird and meaningless play;
a series of acts
in which others recite pat phrases
and go through the motions that pass for normal life

but we miss our cues,
we forget our lines,
we stumble as though in a fog,

we are deaf, near-sighted, and numb;

our steps are slow and weary, weighed down
by a burden too great to bear,
held in place
by memories too dear to release.

Dear God, be merciful to us and bless us.

Give us the courage to cry
as much and as long as we need.
Give us the strength to go on;
in time
let our sadness be transformed
into strength.

Turn each memory
into a ray of light
that warms our hearts
and uplifts our spirits.

Help us to forgive all faults and failings —
of others as well as ourselves.
Fill us with compassion and understanding,
free us from rage, resentment, and despair.

Dear God, be merciful to us and bless us.

The days ahead will be difficult, Lord,
so don’t expect any outbursts of praise.
But I will stay beside You,
as I know You always stand by me;

And I have faith
that we will get through this
together.

May God, our God, bless us;
and may all that lives
find peace
and comfort
in God’s unfailing love.

Amen.
   

Virtual hugs and real-time blessings,

Deborah 

Suggested Spiritual Exercise

Be kind to one another.