GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#103 — November 1, 2020

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.

— Joseph Campbell

Greetings, Inspired Seekers!

As I write this newsletter on Halloween Day and celebrate Samhain, I am keenly aware of 3 things:

1. In a few days the election will be over – even though we may not know who our elected officials will be.
2. The pandemic continues to rage and escalate.
3. If there was ever a time we fully experienced not being in control – this is it.

And so, we greet this November with questions, concerns and, yes, possibilities – and we examine them through the lens of faith! And, through our faith and spirituality, we have quite the ride into the unknown. So much is new and not understood and, if we look at spiritual history, that's when new encounters led to growth. Spiritual evolution formed new roots.

The Buddha wasn't the Buddha when he entered the world of the unknown and unexpected. The apostles followed Jesus into a life that raged against traditional norms and the political hierarchy. Native American young men embark on their vision quest facing challenges never before encountered.

Questions, concerns and possibilities – they all force us to see ourselves, our world and our beliefs from a new perspective while holding on to our traditions. Evolution and balance, sharing the space, hand in hand in our hearts and heads.

How joyous it is to discover new pathways of faith, new expressions of all things sacred, as we go about our days. To celebrate, to mourn and to trust the Holy One in ways never before known.

So, as we move through the month with questions, concerns and possibilities, and as we enter the season of darkness, let the fruit rise from the fallow and the light from the shadows of rest. Blessed Samhain, Peace and grace to all, Amen!

Grace, Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: I delight in the questions, concerns and possibilities in these Sacred Times.

The Reverend Dr. Deborah Darlington offers telechaplaincy to people of all traditions during these uncertain times. She can be reached at or at 215 260 1611.