“All will be well.”
A wise friend wrote this to me years ago while I was in crisis. That’s it. No guidance, no practical steps out, just this. At the time I did not think it was much. Today, I live assured by it. His parting belief is mine too.
Some helpful insight into this notion comes as we look into and at the life of Julian of Norwich, which I encourage you to do. A first female Christian mystic who lived in the days of the plague, survived it, and dedicated the better part of her life to studying, meditating, praying and writing in seclusion, as a way of communing with God. Julian sought to understand how such opposing realities~ of a loving Spirit, and of suffering, pain and anguish could co-exist. Julian had visions; the most notable of which was receiving the very promise of “all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”
On the last day of our Novena I am thankful for the initiators of nine days of prayer and reflection during this election season- Bishop Curry of the Episcopalian church and Forward Movement. I know for me this discipline has been expansive, and helped me see beyond hatred and frustration to the great energies of faith and love that are at work right now. This ground swell of care, and in wanting to see our country live deeper into justice and the ideals and motto this country was founded on, is sure to make this a time of much needed and lasting change. As Gandhi said,
“Nations are born out of travails and suffering.“
He also said, “Patience means self suffering.” The combination of Julian Norwich’s faith that all will be well, and Gandhis quiet and steady path toward the promise that good and love will persevere are timeless beacons of light in challenging times. As is finding joy, which I find in this happy song–written in hope at Standing Rock, inspired by the Lakota prayer, “Mitakuye Oyasin;” — a petition to God on behalf of everyone and everything on Earth. Reminding us we all are one, and interconnected in all ways, including in our need for peace.
~ listen, enjoy, sing along, and please share with anyone who might need to hear something beautiful today~
Find November 4, day 9 of 9; Pray for our own work for the common good, here:https://www.forwardmovement.org/Promotions/PDF/ASeasonofPrayer2020.pdf