A kaleidoscopic tumbling of emotions
pierce conversations and thoughts as
… civil unrest around the world continues to escalate
… natural disasters seem undeterred
… medical issues cause confusion and fear of the unknown
… media’s negativity barrages listeners, readers, viewers
… political antics, reminiscent of childhood playground fights, perpetuate voter-angst
… religious organizations are divided around their definition of marriage
… courts make decisions bringing relief to some, death to some, hopelessness to others

Personal experience and history are reminders that
– words can wound
– words can bring division
– words can cause confusion

Personal experience and history are also reminders that
… words can heal
… words can bring reconciliation
… words can bring hope

Holy Word Among Us
… encourage us to be sensitive to those whose opinion differs from ours
… empower us with compassion for others
… enable us to move beyond the woundedness, confusion, fear
… equip us to survive
… energize us with hope

© Photo and Text   June Maffin    SOULartISTRY    www.soulistry.com
<view from balcony of friend’s home in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, Canada>

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