Thinking of and praying for those in the face of fires in far too many places in both Canada and the US … and wondering what the fire is doing, not only to bodies and minds, but souls too.

Fear can be so soul-destroying.

Sadly, it seems as if there are a lot of soul-destroying things – corporately, individually, globally, politically, medically, and more ,in today’s society.

Painful tears.

Some would like there to be no conversations about the things that bring about such tears … ongoing political scandals and outrageous happenings; murders of First Nations women in Canada; unjust and disproportionate incarceration of black people; destruction of the environment; increasing numbers of unemployment, COVID19, financial ruin, isolation, growing old, alone.

As a result, many are no longer reading the news.
Not just for a “break,” but permanently.
Does that help reduce the soul-destruction?
Could putting a lid on festering garbage only hide the putrid smell?
Eventually the garbage can will burst open.

I continue to shed tears that fall from my eyes.
I cover my face and continue to pray/hope that the tears that fall from my heart and cover my soul are diminished a bit by
… being aware
… naming the fear
… not letting fears fester
… not closing my eyes to the realities
… not stifling conversation about the media, politics, the future
… and by being open, letting Light in
so that healing can begin for this world we inhabit and love
… and by doing “just something”
to contribute to the healing of others
this world

The “most painful tears” really are the ones that fall from our heart and cover our soul.

May courage be given to acknowledge them – not cover them up.

May courage be given to face them – not ignore them.

May courage to get help, counselling, spiritual direction, be present.

And then may courage continue to reign …
step by step, inch by inch, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day.

© June Maffin