A POETIC REFLECTION ON KAREN BLOOMQUIST’S LECTURE by Tammy Barthels, M.Div. Middler

A poetic reflection on Karen Bloomquist’s  lecture

By Tammy Barthels, M.Div. Middler

Guide me O God
In speaking the truth.

What is truth?
That our world is fractured, hurt and broken?
That we have turned inward with our hurt, anger and misperceptions?

What will bring healing?
Stepping out and embracing each other?

Can we allow ourselves to be transformed by others
who are different than ourselves?

We each have unique, God given gifts to offer.

Can we recognize the face of God in each other
and allow ourselves to be transformed?

Rather than building walls to protect ourselves because of our fear,
can we reach out to pick each other up, rather than pushing each other down?

Let us remember who we are from the inside out.
Let us form solidarity with those who are left out.

Let us see, remember and connect with each other,
through our faith, making steps to change the face of our world
Reuniting in hope.

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