Advent, the 3rd week

A friend of mine posted a poem by Clarissa Pinkola Estes entitled, We Were Made for These Times. Her message is convincing; we have the resources to make the differences that need to be made in our world today.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul… struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.

Stand up and show your soul.

In Advent we light candles often using the words:  Love, hope, peace, and joy. They can be common words we use during Advent, they can make for fun family tables, and they can be meaningful liturgical rituals.

I wonder if they can also become a gentle way of showing our souls.

Sometime before Christmas simply sit in silence with each word.
          Love
          Hope
          Peace
          Joy

When we become these, we are enough, and have enough to be the light that shows our souls in our stormy world.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world within our reach. Any small calming thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

Shalom,

Jolene Bergstrom Carlson
Executive Director/President

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