Two sins have my people committed; they have forsaken me, a spring of living water, and they have hewn themselves cisterns, cracked cisterns that can hold no water. -- Jeremiah 2:13
When I do see the events unfolding that destroy rather than create life, I find it difficult to keep an open heart or have hope. I am very aware of who is missing at the table, but I feel powerless to do anything about it. I also find it extremely challenging to accept the idea that everyone has a seat at the table when the table is ‘owned’ by those who have the power and money to keep ‘the other’ out. It is almost as if there needs to be a separate table to which the rich and powerful are not invited so that everyone else can partake of the dialogue and share the resources. I know this goes against the ideal of everyone being welcomed at the table, but it is nearly impossible to leap the hurdle between those who reject the humanity and worth of others and those who need to be heard and shown compassion. I respect the good intentions of those who want to bridge political divisions but cannot see it succeeding if it continues to be so one-sided. So much damage has been done that continuing to seek reconciliation without addressing the causes of the rift will not result in justice and peace being attained. So, I have a lot of inner work to do and I pray that the spring of living water can be rejuvenated within me so that I can, in turn, give drink to the thirsty of our world.