GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#28 — August 1, 2014

An eye for an eye
will only make the whole world blind.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Greetings, Inspired Seekers:

Let me begin by saying that I am not a political person. I vote. I try to act responsibly in this world and on this planet. But I am not one to become embroiled in politics. I am, however, an advocate for peace. I am a believer in the goodness of humanity and in the presence of Spirit within all people. And I admit that these days I am unable to watch the nightly news without feeling my heart weep. And without feeling the heart of the world weeping along with me. Perhaps you weep as well.

The struggles in all parts of the world and in our own communities can be overwhelming. The loss of life, the loss of hope, and the loss of compassion are played out on the evening news and in streets across the universe. So, where do you turn for solace? I turn to prayer and acts of kindness. And every tradition offers those choices as safe harbor in a storm.

The Christian Tradition: Finally … rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace…
The Buddhist Tradition: Peace comes from within; do not seek it without.
The Jewish Tradition: She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
The Muslim Tradition: Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it.
The Native American Tradition: It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace and we must live in peace.

How long will it take until we breathe in the breath of peace and openly offer kindness to all who cross our paths? How long will it be until we realize that hurting others in this world will not help? How long will it take until we understand that those who lash out are, themselves, in great pain?

You, here reading this, have within you a great capacity for healing, for compassion and for service. As you reach out your loving arms and offer your healing words, may you be blessed as you bless a hurting world.

Grace-Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: All I do and all I say are offers of love to a planet in pain. Today, I am a healer.

The Reverend Dr. Deborah Darlington honors all traditions and celebrates significant life events with compassion, respect and grace. She can be reached at