snowflake-2174524_640“April is the cruelest month,” the poet T. S. Eliot writes, and we are living that reality in a world caught between the tensions and apparent contradictions that comprise this life. The shifting sands of need among the beloved of God require nimble feet for those who seek and serve. Balance, you say? We do our best, and still we fall. With deep relief other hands reach out to lift us and shake us free of the debris of old ideas and boundaries. Other voices give shape to newly discovered parameters that are part and parcel of resurrection. Vulnerability is tender, yet necessary. Life hurts. Light helps. Love heals.

You are the balm against the cruelty that visits us no matter the month, the hour, the day, the circumstance. You are the source of what comforts and raises us from the tombs that imprison us.

You are.

That is enough. Anne Fraley is rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in South Windsor, CT. A life-long dog-lover she escapes the demands of parish life volunteering for animal rescue groups. She occasionally succeeds at reviving her blog at reverentirreverence.

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