On the ninth of each month we have been called to hold space in our communities on life, death and transformation by ObservetheNinth.org. Today’s vigil will hold space for love and compassion for all of humankind and for the planet itself. May it bring you peace and comfort.
For Lost Friends by John O’Donohue As twilight makes a rainbow robe From the concealed colors of day In order for time to stay alive Within the dark weight of night, May we lose no one we love From the shelter of our hearts. When we love another heart And allow it to love us, We journey deep below time Into that eternal weave Where nothing unravels. May we have the grace to see Despite the hurt of rupture, The searing of anger, And the empty disappointment, That whoever we have loved, Such love can never quench. Though a door may have closed, Closed between us, May we be able to view Our lost friends with eyes Wise with calming grace; Forgive them the damage We were left to inherit; Free ourselves from the chains Of forlorn resentment; Bring warmth again to Where the heart has frozen In order that beyond the walls Of our cherished hurt And chosen distance We may be able to Celebrate the gifts they brought, Learn and grow from the pain, And prosper into difference, Wishing them the peace Where spirit can summon Beauty from wounded space.