I want a heart that is torn open with longing
so that I might share the pain of this love.
This is the human condition… It is by showing up for the full encounter with reality that we discover our hidden wholeness, which was of course present all along.
my heart hurts
At times I wish it were not so!
It would be much easier not to care.
It would be much safer to hide behind privilege.
There is something appealing by suiting up in emotional Kevlar
so that I cannot be wounded
There is something alluring in the idea of using weapons
both figurative and literal
to assault those things that threaten or simply anger
But we cannot hide from the pain.
We cannot blast it away with words or bullets
Not without losing touch with that
within us which makes us Sacred children.
Not without denying the divine image.
Just as God takes on our pain, and carries it
and transforms it,
so we must take on not only our own pain,
but the pain of the world.
For as we accept the pain, and let it cut through
our defenses to the heart
that is when we find
that there, at the center of how we are
is what we need
call it divine presence, call it Holy Spirit
call it the true self,
to touch that pain and transform it
to translate it into compassion
pain and love go together
the alchemy of God