Under the weight of destruction, / we will need the strong shelter / of forgiveness and the deeper wells / that give the sweet water of welcome
First, learn to listen.
Not only for enemies around
corners in hidden places,
but for the faint footsteps
of hope and the whisper of resistance.
Hone your skills, aim your
heart toward kindness and
stockpile second chances.
Under the weight of destruction,
we will need the strong shelter
of forgiveness and the deeper wells
that give the sweet water of welcome:
“We have a place for you.”
When the world ends, we must not
add destruction to destruction,
not accept a beggar’s bargain,
to fight death with more death.
In order to survive the apocalypse—
any apocalypse at all—
we have to give up
the counterfeit currency of self-
sufficiency, the mistaken addiction
to competition, the lie that the last
to die has somehow survived.
Excerpted with permission from Breaking and Blessing: Meditations by Sean Parker Dennison (Skinner House, 2020).
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The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison is the developmental minister of Rogue Valley UU Fellowship in Ashland, Oregon, and cofounder of TRUUST, an organization for transgender ministers and religious professionals in the UUA.
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In praise of praise
Yes, even now, / when so much is struggle: / Praise bodies that sweat and tremble