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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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10.12 | 08:27

I have browsed your comments on these books at various times and came back again now to be inspired to round out my selection for my 'winter reading'.

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02.12 | 19:23

Yes indeed...will show you tomorrow.

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02.12 | 19:20

I like these very much. The spirals amid stars and land especially feel like pure whimsy and joy. Black paper and gel pens, you say?.....

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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