Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Praise G-d for Courage!

Poem: "Unbearable Lightness" (DGJ)

I stumble upstairs and climb into bed undone,
A long day of hours and sadness behind me.
In a mobile home, an old man lies dying,
His mouth parched, his wife powerless 
But present to her sorrow, and to his passing.
In a ratty jail cell, far away, a young man weeps,
His hands, the weapons of a cynical war;
His legacy, bloody mayhem in a Texas school.

The old black cat jumps upon the bed now,
To my sorry side, nuzzling my achy hipbone,
Ritual of recognition, affection, sweet supplication.
And I find her now, my hand across her shiny brow,
This friend, this promise, this pilgrim in my darkness.

At last we drift off, to sleep, to meet other dreams,
And my hand lies flat upon the mattress, exhausted.
And the old black cat curls up just there, just there,
Resting her tiny fragile holy head upon my fingers.
And we drift off, just like that, the old cat and I;
She, content in the way of cats and lovers,
Me, remembering a novel I read years and years ago.

Something about heartbreak and love,  
Something about the unbearable lightness of being.

Her tiny head, the soft underside of her gullet,
Rests there on my hand, on my fingers, on my hurt.

DGJ, 5/22/18

"Fenway" (our sweet black cat)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Our Moral Compass

Sunday, May 20, 2018

If We Dance Together...

This much seems clear to me: that our wide-eyed, big-hearted, take-on-the-system faith is rooted in joy and exuberance.  If we can dance together, if we can laugh and cry together, if we can enjoy one another, we can bear witness to the light, even in the darkest places!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Poet's Passion

In worship last Sunday, we were blessed by Amidia's poem--which draws on her own experience as a volunteer in the Winter Shelter--and moved by her honesty and compassion.  In setting up the piece, Amidia refers to the song, "Bag Lady," by the incomparable Erykah Badu.  Tonight, at the AFC's annual gala, she offered it again, and this time the cameras were ready!  For more about the Association of Faith Communities and our powerful model in addressing poverty and suffering, see the link here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Peace is Green!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Lamentation in Gaza

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother of God

Thursday, May 10, 2018


One of the last things my family (near or far) would say of me: that I'm a "realistic Jones."  I'm intrigued, though.  And I'll be checking this out at the Actors' Theatre in town.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Prayer for Peace

A Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land
(from Catholic Relief Services) 
Photo by David Furnish, May 2018, with Rebuilding Alliance
God of our longing,
Remember those who wait and hope for peace.
Hear our prayer and our lament
for our brothers and sisters in Israel and Palestine.
With them, we share a common story,
      set in a common homeland.
Make common also a will to forgive,
     to reconcile,
to make a just peace for the sake of the ancestors,
and for the sake of the children.
Open ears, eyes and hearts
     and make a way toward justice
     in our war-torn world.
God all merciful, you dwell in all human hearts,
     and the Holy Land is wherever you make your home.
Heal these broken places where prophets preached
     where Moses and Jesus and Muhammad  
     kept faith with you.
Be a sure support for those who work toward reconciliation
     and make us all, however far away, 
     steadfast in their cause.  Amen.