separation connection (2)The last few weeks have seen forces of separation and division that have come at us from many directions. Some are caused by human actions meant to divide (such as the widely renounced Nashville Statement), some are accidental, while others result from forces of nature (floodwaters in India, Texas, Nepal, and Bangladesh; fires in Montana). And yet, within those divisive circumstances, people make powerful connections with one another. A number of our bloggers this week have reflected on their experiences of separation and connection, in powerful and touching ways.

Alicia Hager, blogging at astrawberrypointe, reflects on the death of a family matriarch and the connections that grow weaker with the departure of each generation.

Deb reflects on the continuing division caused by racism and hate, and the need for our work to continue, in this post on An Unfinished Symphony.

In her blog Desert Sojourn, Rebecca experiences her daughter’s devastation at missing a roller derby tournament after being injured in an auto accident.

Kristin Berkey-Abbott shares a poem in her blog Liberation Theology Lutheran as she experiences the traumatic upheaval of storms and the storms of life and death.

Separations and connections among family members are the settings for two blog posts, from Stacy Sergent at Stacy N. Sergent and from Sarah Marshall at Everyday Holy.

Sometimes the separation is from ourselves, our dreams and hopes, as April Fiet shares in her blog At the Table with April Fiet.

Please take a few minutes to visit these and other posts from our blogging community. You can find the complete list of current blogs by following this link and clicking on the button labeled “Our RevGals Blogging Community.”

Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota and currently serving in interim ministry. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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