1. Wrenching, challenging, and beautiful. You have such a powerful way of communicating, Melodye… and of making people think. Thank you for this, though I know you don’t mean it to be about you, and it really isn’t. I’ve stayed silent so far about Haiti because I don’t know what to say, and I’ve feared to say worse than nothing. But reading your post I can say, “This. Yes.”

    • I’m so very grateful–and humbled–to know that my words reached through the computer screen and touched your heart.

      (In all honesty, I was watching and wishing for a post from you. I still remember your well-considered, beautifully written entries about Job and Lamentations, and this topic seems interconnected with those thoughts.)

    • I’m so very grateful–and humbled–to know that my words reached through the computer screen and touched your heart.

      (In all honesty, I was watching and wishing for a post from you. I still remember your well-considered, beautifully written entries about Job and Lamentations, and this topic seems interconnected with those thoughts.)

  2. You hit the nail on the head, Melodye. This morning as I was workin’ it on the elliptical at the gym, images from Haiti were all over the tvs. I had to mentally embrace each tear-stained, terrorized face I saw. I felt for a brief moment like I was right there, being called to comfort and give support. Maybe we cannot travel thousands of miles to help physically – but, yes, there are those around us who can benefit from our heightened awareness of their place in our world. And, always, we can pray – knowing that whatever the picture presented, in Truth, we are all in our Father/Mother’s hands. I was recently reminded of a Bible verse… “Is the arm of the Lord shortened?” Of course not! We are just to wrapped up in our physical senses that we do not see how loved the entire world is. It is our duty and honor to express that love to everyone we meet in the best way we can. Thanks for this post!

    • Oh, Julia, I can’t think of a more lovely way to honor these victims than to acknowledge them as individuals, embracing and praying for each of them as they flash across the screen.

      “Is the arm of the Lord shortened…” I hadn’t thought about that Scripture for a while! Thanks for reminding me of the question and its answer.

    • Oh, Julia, I can’t think of a more lovely way to honor these victims than to acknowledge them as individuals, embracing and praying for each of them as they flash across the screen.

      “Is the arm of the Lord shortened…” I hadn’t thought about that Scripture for a while! Thanks for reminding me of the question and its answer.

    • Namaste to you, my friend. We’re in this together.

      And suddenly I feel like we should be linking arms and lifting our voices in song. “We are the world…”
      There comes a time
      When we head a certain call
      When the world must come together as one
      There are people dying
      And it’s time to lend a hand to life
      The greatest gift of all…

    • Namaste to you, my friend. We’re in this together.

      And suddenly I feel like we should be linking arms and lifting our voices in song. “We are the world…”
      There comes a time
      When we head a certain call
      When the world must come together as one
      There are people dying
      And it’s time to lend a hand to life
      The greatest gift of all…

  3. I’m currently reading The Case for God by Karen Armstrong. I came across this passage that I thought was particularly relevant to your question, are we not one?

    In talking of Rabbinic Judaism she says
    God had created only one man at the beginning of time to teach us that the destruction of a single life was equivalent to annihilating the entire world; conversely, to save a life redeemed the whole of humanity.
    I would say the answer to your question is, yes. However, we seemed to have forgotten it.

    • Wondering…have we truly forgotten, or have we chosen to supress it?

      I confess that I haven’t yet read Armstrong’s book in its entirety, and I’d love to see that quote in a fuller context. Does she reconcile her own beliefs with stories from the Old Testament? Thinking here about destruction, plagues and tribulations…

      • In this case, the context is in the development of ideas within Judaism and the development of a “compassionate ethos as the Eastern religions”. She says that “any interpretation of the scripture that bred hatred or disdain for others was illegitimate, while a good piece of exegesis sowed affection and dispelled discord.”

        I’ve seen nothing yet that goes with the stories of destruction, etc.

        It’s a fascinating read so far.

  4. ‘helping us grow in compassion’ — yes, that’s definitely how I tend to see it. And grow in understanding of life and its cycle of sorrow and joy, wonder and pain. I think if I didn’t firmly believe that those who sow tears will reap joy, it would undo me.

  5. You write so beautifully and so powerfully, Melodye. You stir such emotion and such thought with your words.

    I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the devastation of Haiti… and I can’t do it. All I can seem to do is focus all of my anger on the Rush Limbaugh’s, the Pat Robertson’s and all of those right-wingers that take the attitude of “so what, it’s just a bunch of black people.” I’ve heard and read these sentiments expressed by right-wingers over and over again and it just stokes my fury even more. Instead of listening to our better angels, some are instead appealing to our worst demons. I’m angry, I’m sad, I’m confused and I don’t know what to do with this all.

    Thank you for your beautiful and powerful words, my treasured friend. You give me hope that the world can be a better place.

  6. Anonymous

    amazing timing!

    thanks for visiting my Creative Art Journal blog – amazing and miraculous timing! You are a voice from Spirit because just as you were writing your comment, I was pulling a Rune, asking for guidance about where I am to go next. I have been thinking of asking the local prison if I can run a creative journaling group for women there – turns out we are very close to a major Federal penitentary at our new home in Denver, and I just have had this idea on my heart . . . .
    the Rune said it was time for something major and new. Then, your comment, and I just read this blog entry.
    so – Thank you for your note. Thank you for your work. Thank you for stopping in at my blog, and I will post results of how this vision progresses for me.
    -Em
    http://www.creativeartjournal.blogspot.com

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