This week I was reminded of one of my favorite poems, written during the holiday season for Parade magazine, by the amazing poet and author, Maya Angelou. Perhaps you’ll enjoy reading it too.
Father, Mother, God,
Thank you for your presence
during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.
Thank you for your presence
during the bright and sunny days,
for then we can share that which we have
with those who have less.
And thank you for your presence
during the Holy Days, for then we are able
to celebrate you and our families
and our friends.
For those who have no voice,
we ask you to speak.
For those who feel unworthy,
we ask you to pour your love out
in waterfalls of tenderness.
For those who live in pain,
we ask you to bathe them
in the river of your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask
you to keep them company.
For those who are depressed,
we ask you to shower upon them
the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless
sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
world that which we need most—Peace.
On this Super Bowl football evening, I am reminded yet again of how many resources are around us in times of need, although certainly there are most likely never enough resources, and we can always individually do more to help others. Along those lines, one of my friends who is battling a significant fight with cancer, is reading Frederick Buechner, and finding comfort and wisdom. There is also much wisdom to be found at Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Austin, Texas which released the following information about an upcoming class:
Falling into Mystery:
The Art of Finding Grace in Illness
This six-week class is intended for those who have been diagnosed with serious, chronic, or incurable illness and those impacted by loved ones who have received such a diagnosis. Each week we will discuss a different essay from Phillip Simmons’ book Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life. Philip Simmons was an English professor who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and used his illness as the catalyst for writing twelve insightful, emotionally honest essays on life, death, spiritual transformation, and the art of learning to fall into the Mystery. We will use these rich essays as a springboard for participants to discuss how that same Mystery is unfolding in their lives as they journey through illness.
Limited to 10 participants.
Those who register for this class are encouraged to purchase the book in advance and read the first essay before the class begins. Copies of the book are available at the Cove.
Facilitated by Hannah O’Donoghue, CCVI, RN, MS and
Scott Quinn, MDiv, MA
Mondays: Feb 14-Mar 21, 9:30–11 a.m.
$125 (Pre-registration required.)
**Register online at http://www.setoncove.net/programs/classes/falling_into_mystery_the_art_of_finding_grace_in_illness call 451-0272.
Whatever is your need or in whatever ways you reach out to others, here’s hoping you are falling into plenty of resources.