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Hi.

Thanks for stopping by.  This is my invitation into my life, work, and our collective creativity, love, and kindness.  I hope you enjoy your time here.  

LET FREEDOM RING!

LET FREEDOM RING!

Tying the clouds of justice together. 

Rob Bell told a story in one of his podcasts about how a local artist painted Rob a painting of a ladder going to the clouds and the clouds being tied together.  When Rob asked him about it, he explained that Rob Bell does that for people, he ties the clouds together.   I immediately fell in love with this visual of tying the clouds together.  In some abstract way, we seek to find ways to make sense of the senseless. 

It makes me think of Martin Luther King Jr. saying, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."  One of my favorite quotes of his is similar, "They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.  We cannot walk alone."  

Coming from a place of privilege, the idea of injustice somewhere else threatening justice that we experience can seem as abstract as tying clouds together.  We may remember regularly that we have fellow humans facing slavery, loss, abuse, oppression, and stolen dignity but continue to operate in our comfortable worlds.  We have gotten really good at creating systems that seek to eradicate our discomfort.  

The problem is: "We cannot walk alone." 

Although it may seem at times that the moral arc is bending towards justice because of progress made, we have a long ways to go.  While I celebrate some of the forward motion on that trajectory, we are still living in a time and space where we must creatively, passionately, lovingly, and intentionally tie the clouds of justice and our shared humanity together.  We must honor our collective humanity.  When we lift each other up, we are all lifted up.  

Today I seek to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy by practicing kindness, love, generosity, and honoring our shared humanity.  Your cloud of suffering isn't abstract; what you feel and experience is real.  Injustice, loss, grief, and oppression exist.  May we honor the existence of pain that we have pedaled through injustice, and in that step of acknowledgment and honoring each other begin to tie the clouds together.  Then, let's walk farther together.

I believe that we are all connected.  It may feel abstract, like our experiences are as fluffy and intangible as the clouds, but the mystery remains that in honoring each other, in lifting up the least of these, in owning our mistakes and failures, and in seeking our collective redemption we are inextricably tied to one another.  It is upside down, and it is a truth I believe.  I believe the last shall be first, but I also hope that they don't have to be someday.  I hope we can begin to create a new world where freedom rings, where love wins, where connection is no longer terrifying and abstract, where sharing and generosity are practiced, and where justice is no longer such a long arc but a leading force, and in that, redemption and beauty and love permeate our current existence.  I would prefer to fight now to do the impossible of connecting the seemingly disconnected, to loving the unloved, and to practicing the justice modeled by those who have showed us how to create a life driven by peace, connection, love, and justice.

Let Freedom Ring is a poem that I wrote echoing Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech:
"When we allow freedom to ring- when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last.'" 

More inspiration was found in part of a litany (We Will Not Be Silent) that we read yesterday at Holland UCC: "Let freedom ring! Our history and our destiny lie in our willingness to speak until the strongholds of prejudice and bigotry crumble before new creations of justice and equality for all of God's children.  We will not be silent.  Let freedom ring until every shackle of racism, sexism, classism, militarism, nationalism, and heterosexism is broken.  Let freedom ring!" 

LET FREEDOM RING!

let freedom ring

in prison cells
humanity
to you waiting for hope

let freedom ring

in refugee camps
humanity
to you waiting for home

let freedom ring

on the streets
humanity
to you waiting for dignity

let freedom ring

in our brokenness
humanity
to you waiting for love

let freedom ring

in segregated diversity
humanity
to you waiting for justice

let freedom ring

in every house
humanity
to you waiting for connection

let freedom ring

 

photo by:
Andrew Ruiz https://unsplash.com/@andrewruiz

 

 

 

 

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