More That Unites Us Than Divides Us

During this sad time after so many natural and man-made disasters, a friend sent me this poem, which I will share with you. It especially called to me after I had heard of so many brave souls who jumped into action in as Vegas to help and save as many people as they could. They did not get up that morning knowing that their actions would save lives.

They could not have known that there would be people who would have been on that sad roster of the dead but for their quick thinking and bravery.

As one first responder said, “There is more that unites us than divides us.” There are blessings that may be unseen at the time of crisis, but there are there just the same.

I hope that this poem touches your heart as it did mine.

Blessing When the World is Ending

Look, the world

is always ending
somewhere.
Somewhere
the sun has come
crashing down.
Somewhere
it has gone
completely dark.
Somewhere
it has ended
with the gun,
the knife,
the fist.
Somewhere
it has ended
with the slammed door,
the shattered hope.
Somewhere
it has ended
with the utter quiet
that follows the news
from the phone,
the television,
the hospital room.
Somewhere
it has ended
with a tenderness
that will break
your heart.
But, listen,
this blessing means
to be anything
but morose.
It has not come
to cause despair.
It is simply here
because there is nothing
a blessing
is better suited for
than an ending,
nothing that cries out more
for a blessing
than when a world
is falling apart.
This blessing
will not fix you,
will not mend you,
will not give you
false comfort;
it will not talk to you
about one door opening
when another one closes.
It will simply
sit itself beside you
among the shards
and gently turn your face
toward the direction
from which the light
will come,
gathering itself
about you
as the world begins
again.

 

—Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace 


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3 thoughts on “More That Unites Us Than Divides Us

  1. Diane Kirkup says:

    and indeed it did touch my heart … words I could not speak myself

  2. pamkirst2014 says:

    Absolutely beautiful.

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