I am reissuing this updated post as it seems timely in light of the current state of our nation and the world. Recently, Kay Adams, journal therapist and author invited me to a dialogue regarding Holy Outrage. You’re invited to listen. (This recording is © Center for Journal Therapy d/b/a Journalverse, an online learning community of journal writers and facilitators worldwide. For membership information please visit www.journalverse.com)
I sit with the interior presence of my holy outrage while questions crowd my thoughts and I pray for answers. I open my journal and begin to write…
What has happened to our world? Why are so many willing to commit atrocities and evil? This cannot become our “new normal.” What has created the current heated climate of hate and suspicious judgmental attitude of “us versus them?” How am I complicit? What do I do with all my grief and fear? How should I pray?
In the midst of my mind’s barage of unanwerable questions I suddenly remember something I was inspired to write for my most recent book. At some point last night I retrieved it from the bookshelf and re-read the words that were given to my heart to record months ago:
Holy outrage yields passion. Passion begets service and ministry. Service and ministry inspire solutions to support healing, and resolve conflict. Solutions, healing, and resolved conflict foster peace. Peace gives rise to hope. Hope encourages renewal. Renewal aids the healing of broken hearts. Healed hearts beget love.
The formula described above is not an easy process or a quick fix. More questions arise as I review this schemata for conflict resolution, healing, hope, and peace.
- What is the passion within me that is being called forth in response to my holy outrage?
- What service might I offer (in a large or small way) to inspire solutions, to support healing, resolve conflict…beginning here and now within the context of my personal life?
- Who do I need to forgive, reach out to, connect with to mend brokenness, offer compassion, and build bridges?
- How will I foster peace and hope to encourage renewal for the healing of broken hearts?
- How will I commit my body, mind, and spirit to Love and not succumb to despair?
- How am I called to use my grief as fuel for active service with others to contribute in whatever way is possible to turn the world around towards peace?
- What singular creation or multiple acts of beauty, outreach, or prayer will I offer as the day begins?
I write these questions in my journal with the knowledge that I don’t have all the answers and a prayer arises…
In the face of injustice, discrimination, and evil may I not turn away but hold steadfast and steady in Love.
When grief suffocates and anesthetizes my spirit, may I breathe in the power of Love.
Whenever I read or hear one more story of violence, abuse or tragedy of any kind, may I receive the grace of strength to reach out in Loving active service.
In those moments when I experience a simple moment of peace or personal blessing may I remember to be grateful for Your infinite mercy and Love…and in that moment offer prayer for the suffering souls of my brothers and sisters.
Loving God, Creator of all that is, strengthen my reserve, attune my wits, inspire my prayers, and guide me how to best serve Love at this crucial hour, in this dark age.
Lead me to find the others who share a common longing. Guide us, so we might work together to turn the world around towards Eden…towards peace for all people, towards Your Infinite Love. Amen
I close my journal and turn on my cell phone to check the news from France. An hour earlier I received a text from a dear friend. Her message:
Very awake in prayer for France and ALL of us. If you too are holding vigil please call.
And so the day begins…