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In Response

October 9, 2013

I received an email this week asking  me to weigh in on the government shut down. First, our conversation has never been about politics. And I don’t intend to change that. But, the truest reason I won’t offer an opinion is this: I’m a contemplative at heart. My truest self is never my first, knee-jerk reaction. Here is a post I wrote about it after the terrible events in Boston this past April. This I how I, as a contemplative respond to all of life, when I am at my best:

  1. Pray. Offer up your fear, your pleas for safety, your desire for life. Quiet
  2. Sit in mournful silence.
  3. Pray again. Offer up your anger, your need for answers, your desire for vengeful justice.
  4. Sift through emotions in silence.
  5. Pray again. Offer up your hope for peace, your gratefulness for heroes, your sympathy for loss.
  6. Create a gift of beauty that expresses your grief and offer it in humility.
  7. Pray for wisdom and guidance.
  8. Wait in silence for any actions you are called to take.
  9. Pray about the step you are holding in silence.
  10. Only after being sure of the wisdom in a calling and the source of calling, take action.

These may take days or months to complete.


Trust that good can come from waiting.

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