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"good" Friday

I had a busy week with family and community in NL, but treasured connections are always welcome.

Today is Good Friday, and after a year of illnesses and death in my family as well as in so many other families and parts of our world, I am preoccupied with what it means to love and to open my heart to suffering I cannot alleviate. Today I name this reality as the past year's hard lesson. My insight today, on the day of the Christian year when suffering is most looked upon with helpless longing to alleviate, I finally name that a lot of the helping I have done for a lifetime was an attempt to fix and solve. It had an agenda - mostly mine. The hard lesson of the crucifixion and what I realize after the past year is that at this late date in my life I am trying to learn to be with suffering, to be fully present to those suffering, not to fix, solve, or end it, but to be present in a loving way, to alleviate where I can, but also to be present to my own helplessness. What an insight, what a shift this has been today!

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28.11 | 07:46

Now into a second reading of INK and HONEY, I am finding it much richer and it's pulling me ever deeper into contemplation of my daily life.

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28.11 | 07:35

Perusing your musings about these books are a great help for me so I can choose my next book.. one that resonates at this time in my life. Thanks Brenda.

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22.11 | 20:53

Welcomed reading recommendations !

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24.10 | 21:40

and you have gifted me with cards that were like visits!!

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