A Reflection, A Prayer, and a Podcast

Reflection – Casper ter Kuile -“ life heals life…”

“We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” – Pema Chödrön

Poem/Prayer – A Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted, John O’Donohue

Podcast – Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present – Hidden Brain

Beloved Poet Mary Oliver, Who Believed Poetry ‘Mustn’t Be Fancy,’ Dies At 83

Here is Mary Oliver’s obituary. She was a lovely poet.

“To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.” – Mary Oliver


New on Netflix: Come Sunday

I just heard about this on NPR and I was only casually listening.

“His story was the basis for a segment on the public radio program This American Life, and is now the subject of the new movie Come Sunday, now out via Netflix. (It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, who we also talked to about his role.) Pearson says he wants Come Sunday to make people examine their faith:

“I just want them to rethink,” he says. “I want them to ask themselves: What do I believe and why do I believe it? What is the difference between what I believe in my head and know in my soul? Because I think there’s a difference.””

But there is a new movie on Netflix called Come Sunday which is about Carlton Pearson and his leaving a Pentecostal church. Here is an article by Ted Resnikoff

“Come Sunday, premiering on Netflix April 13, tells the story of how Bishop Carlton Pearson’s epiphany about God’s love cost him his congregation, affiliation with the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops, and a lot of money, but it only elliptically explains why he found a home for his faithful, and a place to minister and share his message of inclusion, at a Unitarian Universalist church.

Hope you get a chance to watch it.



Meditation on Play

We have all heard that “play is the work of childhood” and have read or seen many things about how important play is for children. This article from NPR discusses how it is also important for the rest of us. 

May this guide you in your thoughts today. May you find new ways to play.