Domestic Violence, Healing, Liturgy, Trauma, Trauma recovery

Litany of Mercy for the Ceasing and Healing of Domestic Violence

A litany is a series of prayer requests to God typically made by a worship leader. These requests are called petitions. The people gathered for worship respond to the offered petitions with a repeated refrain. In this litany the refrain is the ancient liturgical prayer Kyrie eleison. This litany is offered as we begin October… Continue reading Litany of Mercy for the Ceasing and Healing of Domestic Violence

Grief, Trauma, Trauma recovery

August Counting

Every year on this day when families return from vacation full of just made memories, begin readying for the school year ahead, every year at this time I count the dead. Because right about now, five years ago, we came home from vacation without one of us forever. And there was no getting ready for… Continue reading August Counting

Healing meditation, Revised Common Lectionary Text, Trauma, Trauma recovery

BR O KEN

https://videopress.com/v/TPIs4H9a?preloadContent=metadata “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;  my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery,  and my bones waste away. I am the scorn of all my adversaries,  a horror to… Continue reading BR O KEN

Pandemic, Trauma, Trauma recovery

Sitting Lonely, One Year Later

One year ago I wrote this post. At the beginning. Of the unknown. Now one year later the pandemic continues to impact us. Layered upon what has already occured. With measured step we attempt move out into the world. Yet as some return to what once was, others cannot not because of the lingering after… Continue reading Sitting Lonely, One Year Later

Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery

Goodness

“The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good…God saw everything that [God] had made, and indeed, it was very good…” Genesis 1:12; 31 NRSV Reflection Healing, a form of creation. Re-covering of our… Continue reading Goodness

Trauma, Trauma recovery

Crying Joy

Tears flow as December sky melts into dusky greys, pinks, and Advent blue. Illuminated within window's frame. Accompanied by bubbling pots. Air filling with dinner's smells as soft white lights twinkle on tree, in star, from candles. I stand in the middle of our kitchen. Stopped by resonating sounds of Pachelbel's Canon in G Major.… Continue reading Crying Joy

Advent, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery

Advent Mirror

And excerpt from my recent blog post for Faith + Lead. A young woman hurries. Looks ahead, behind. Scans the surrounding hills. Startles as birds squawk overhead. Tightens her cloak. Covers herself with her arms.  Something in her body propels her forward. Away from the unknown. Away from the incomprehensible. Away from what feels like… Continue reading Advent Mirror

Grief, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery

Impatient

“What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end that I should be patient? Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? In truth I have no help in me, and any resource is driven from me.” Job 6: 11-13 NRSV Reflection Eyes stare. Mouth droops. Limbs… Continue reading Impatient

Grief, Healing, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery

One Small Seed

“It (the kingdom of God) is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests… Continue reading One Small Seed

Grief, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery

Clinging

“My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word…My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” Psalm 119: 25; 28 Reflection Dust. Tiny particles streak air. On sunny, still afternoons. Light reflecting off silvery wisps of nothingness. Dust. Swirls on dry, windy days. Masking sight. Adding brown to… Continue reading Clinging