There are a lot of scary, troubling things going on in the world these days. I feel grieved for the frustration, anger, and loss being experienced in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and in communities across our nation. There is no “but” that can or should make for an easy transition from such depths of despair to something “more positive”. Only silent reflection, honest dialogue, and constructive action should follow that.
I am thankful that there are people in this world who understand this and are doing their part to undertake all three. I am thankful that my own personal experiences with the shortcomings of our “beloved community” have not warped me, but rather made me able to empathize with what is in all reality, a communal grief. And I am thankful that today, I get to spend the day experiencing some light by way of breaking bread with friends and loved ones. In the words of someone who also turned grief into reflection, dialogue and action: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Starting with love and thankfulness is at least…starting.
Wishing you all, dear readers, so much love, light, and food for soul and body!