Reflection from Joel

This morning I read a headline that said, “The pandemic may now be in permanent retreat in the U.S.” and it came with a heartening chart:

And while I know this is far from over, I took great courage at these signs. They brought to mind the change that the next few months will bring for us as we consider what an “after” might mean for each of us individually and for us as a community. And as you begin to feel more and more comfortable thinking about what comes next, what you will keep and what you will let go of from this so disruptive of years, I wanted to offer this blessing to you from John O’Donohue.

For A New Beginning

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

May you be well and supported today, and may the blessing of God or all that sustains you, keep you safe, grant you peace and fill you with all that you need, just for today. Amen.