Before our Zoom screens, we sat and wept when we remembered the Before Times.There on our ring lights, we hung our scripts,And there our parishioners asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs unmasked; they said, “This isn’t real and you are causing suffering for no reason!” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a pandemic of illness, of… Read More
Holy Holder of All Time- There exists in my mind a loop of the Stupid thing I said that one time, Without thinking it through, And it wasn’t the worst thing, But it definitely wasn’t the best thingAnd it won’t go away. And I can’t forget the thing That I knew I should have doneAnd… Read More
in the midst of chaos, you are calm;
in the center of unrest, you are peace.
Quiet our spirits
and focus … Read More
Holy Spirit, Divine Connector of All- As our hearts continue to remember the saints long after yesterday, they ache as they wish for one more day with their loved one. Many souls are wandering around our world in deep grief, hoping one day to embrace the comfort that only comes from you. Many souls feel… Read More
A Psalm in the time of COVID-19 My heart has no joy, O Lord, For it is weighed down with imprecations. I struggle to feel anything but contempt For those who spread lies, who conceal the truth, Who reject the opportunities to help others. I lament the truth of history, Wherein people have been treated… Read More
Rabbi … Teacher …
your wisdom is as great
as your compassion.
Even when people come to you … Read More
Content warning: Child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, traumatic loss. In her introduction to Living Brave: Lessons From Hurt, Lighting the Way to Hope, Shannon Dingle tells her readers, This is not the book I intended to write. Dingle had completed a first draft of a book about surviving and naming the truth of a childhood… Read More
Content warning: infant death, suicide, alcoholism In the middle of my own present stress and grief, I am the kind of person who needs a dispatch from someone who has been in the same place and can report on the lay of the land. Even if we are not on the same path or in… Read More
Oh Holy One, We are broken and scattered. Our hearts are crushed. We see the debris of lives before us, tossed about with indifference and violence. We see the carnage of prejudice and bigotry. We are grieving. We stare at the broken bodies, the tearful families, the aches that cannot be eased, the posturing and… Read More
For those who are out of words for praying- Those who stare off into the middle distance, too tired for sentences or sense. Those whose grief is too deep for anything but sobs and deafening silence. Those who have poured out for others with very little available to fill themselves.Those who have deconstructed lies they were told… Read More