|From Rev. Sandra’s Study: Healing
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Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.
The month of November is marked by the confluence of holy times devoted to death: All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Samhain, Halloween, and Dia de Los Muertos. These holidays honor death and those who have died, and make space for us to heal our losses. What’s particularly healing about these times is that they are occasions that bring families and communities together. Healing indeed becomes an act of communion, as bells hooks calls it.
This month we will have other opportunities to gather to heal. A post-election vespers service as well as a post-election Sunday morning service are opportunities for us to come together after a contentious election. The divisions in our nation, our communities, and for many of us, in our circles of family and friendship have left us angry, bewildered, frustrated, exhausted, hurt, and/or wounded. We need places where we can gather to begin to do the work of healing and to imagine what healing might even look like.
This month I encourage you to consider how you will lean into healing. How might you embrace the pain of loss and the pain of our national divisions in a way that can create more space, more connection, more communion? I look forward to exploring these questions together.
Yours in courage and hope,
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees
all the pieces
until the struggle
became far more
than I could bear
so at long last
to falling apart
i could not not
it was only then
that i began
how life is born
Think about a recipe card or a recipe you were taught. Maybe one that you were gifted. A recipe you love from someone who loves you.
A recipe has ingredients. It tells you where you need to put those parts and how you need to introduce each one. A great recipe will not just tell you how much time each step takes but will get you to use your senses to know a step is done. Cook until you can smell the garlic. Wait to flip the pancake until you see lots of bubbles form throughout. Taste the soup for doneness. Listen to when the popcorn slows down and you can hear a pop every five seconds before pulling the popcorn off the heat.
In this month of healing what would your recipe to seek healing or to give healing look like?
What ingredients would it have in it? How much?
In what order would you add each part? Would you fold them in gently? Or combine in a blender?
What temperature does it need to be at? Is this a stove top, oven, grill, microwave, freezer or fridge recipe?
What senses will tell you when the dish is ready to serve or ready to eat?
Share your recipes with me at firstname.lastname@example.org