On our way to peace

Street trees on way to our 8th stand, January 7, 2012
Street trees on way to our 8th stand, January 7, 2012

Eighth stand

The colors of fall still grace our city as we make our way to the plaza this early January morning.

I am calm, filled with the glow that comes of rest, health and frequent meditation.

Still, the suffering in the world–tragedies and traumas and most particularly, news of those human against human atrocities–send me reeling day after day, and this morning is no exception.

How to effect a lasting change that heals the hearts of those who hate, those who carelessly and recklessly disregard the dignity of their brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, and of the very Earth upon which we all depend?

Standing here, with this other woman who loves her grandchildren so  deeply, whose very life is a mission of peace in the face of deep suffering and horror almost every day, I ask that our prayers and love may somehow be a pulling force the other way, toward harmony and gentle care for one another and the Earth, our Mother.

Here is an excerpt from the short piece I posted on my blog, Building Ordinary, that morning:

As I prepare for our seventh stand, I ask for peace in my heart, peace in my soul, and a stillness of being that I might hear and understand next steps, not only for today, but for 2012.

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Text and image © L Kathryn Grace – All rights reserved

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