Thursday, May 08, 2008

mari just called.

she shared the news regarding the death of kaylanie & destiny's dad. she shared that they were taking it hard. she shared that kaylanie is having panic attacks, she had always been close to him since she had a couple years with him preceding his time in prison during the girls early years. destiny is stubborn. she won't show her emotions until she decides it's time. the funeral is on monday.

i can't help but echo some of the same sentiments which my friend beth expressed earlier today: the challenge of continuing to really struggle with all of the pain in this world... i can't really make it all line up.

it never does. except when i'm with you - my spiritual community & support, those who express God & Jesus' love with beauty & grace, peace & fluidity.

Go out into the world in peace.
Have courage.
Hold on to what is good.
Return no one evil for evil.
Strengthen the faint-hearted,
Support the weak,
Help the suffering.
And in all these things
Take courage in the Holy Spirit
Who nourishes and makes us whole.
May the fire of God's blessing
Burn deeply within you and
Shine brightly upon you,
Now and always.

Go in peace.


Robin said...

I'm sorry Jessica - it just doesn't make sense...

Did you write the poem? I like it!

Jake and Jess said...

That poem is actually the doxology/benediction that is used at our church every week before we end the service.

Robin said...

I love it! If you are going to repeat something each week and most likely end up memorizing it - that is terrific!

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Indian Lake Papa said...

I pray Jess that I don't get to 'old" that I give up trying to make a difference - we are created by God to do what we can. He only expects us to do our part - a smile is a good start.