During this time of global crisis, we find ourselves feeling afraid and lost. Our hearts are heavy. We see people all around us suffering from grave illness, job loss, and hunger. We want to help, but we don’t know how. We wonder who will be next to receive bad news. Will it be our loved ones? Will it be us?
The 14th century anchorite, Julian of Norwich reminded those living during the London plague, and reminds us today, to cling to this mantra:
“All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
Julian is not suggesting that we hide our heads in the sand, she is reminding us of what we already know in our hearts, that we can trust in the great spirit mystery of the divine.
The Persian poet and Sufi master Rumi offers these words of hope and instruction for times like these:
“This night will pass, then we have work to do. Everything has to do with loving and not loving…”
What then, is the work we are called to do as we wait for the passing of this pandemic night made more discomforting with its imposed isolation? Perhaps, as Rumi professes, our work is simply and profoundly to open the floodgates of our hearts and to allow love to rush forth for ourselves and for others—and to delight in the power and wonder of it!
The Guild for Spiritual Guidance reaches out with our hearts to hold, our hands to comfort, and our ears to listen to the wisdom of the universe and the new learning of this time. We wait together for the passing of this night. And as we wait, we pray that you, and all whom you care about, may know the blessings of patience, courage, and most of all, love.
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well!