We are, like many of you, scared for the safety of our most vulnerable neighbors and the future of the economy. With the stay-at-home order extended in California through May 15th, it may feel harder to stay focused and grounded.
Uncertainty is a part of everyday life, even when we are not in the midst of a global pandemic. But today, we are much more conscious of this truth, and for many, it feels uncomfortable and frightening.
We are also experiencing a collective grieving - for what was and what could have been and what may be.
As grief expert David Kessler wrote in his book, The Sixth Stage of Grief, "You don't have to experience grief, but you can only avoid it by avoiding love. Love and grief are inextricably intertwined."
Listen to his interview with Brené Brown on her podcast, "Unlocking Us."
I invite you to read below a poem from Sufi Poet Rumi that reminds us to welcome even our most uncomfortable emotions.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi
As many of our faith communities prepare for Passover and Holy Week, we want to share with you a video of hope that was created by 250 filmmakers from across the world.
This poem was first written by an Irish Franciscan Priest on March 13th, 2020, and its message reverberated across the globe. May this #ChooseHopeStory brings you peace and help ground you in our shared humanity.
We are frightened, God,
Worried for our loved ones,
Worried for our world.
Helpless and confused,
We turn to You
Seeking comfort, faith and hope.Teach us God, to turn our panic into patience,
And our fear into acts of kindness and support.
Our strong must watch out for our weak,
Our young must take care of our old.
Help each one of us to do our part to halt the spread of this virus Send strength and courage to the doctors and nurses
In the frontlines of this battle,
Fortify them with the full force of their healing powers.
Send wisdom and insight to the scientists
Working day and night across the world to discover healing treatments.
Bless their efforts, God.
Fill our leaders with the wisdom and the courage
To choose wisely and act quickly.
Help us, God, to see that we are one world,
Who will rise above this pandemic together.Send us health God,
Watch over us,
Grace us with Your love,
Bless us with Your healing light.
Hear us God,
Heal us God,