Yesterday was a day of sadness for me. From considering the violence in the Middle East and Northern Africa, to contemplating the sheer stupidity of hate-filled people hell-bent on destruction while hiding like cowards behind the false-idol lie of "freedom", to standing at a window here watching an angry crowd fan the flames of long-standing pain and mistrust, it was a sad day. Sorrowful, as in full of sorrow.
We have so far to go.
And then I saw this photo, and I remembered.
I remembered the trajectory we are on. Despite the setbacks, despite the reversals, despite the forgetting, We were born in love at that first spark so many billions of years ago.
With Spirit's guidance we are growing in love. We are evolving into love.
As history has taught us,
You can curse love.
You can attack love.
You can even crucify love.
But you cannot kill love.
UPDATE - I would be remiss if I did not point out what is made obvious in the photo above:
Often it is our sisters who lead the way.
In the comments our friend Steve Frost refers to Richard Rohr. Here's another quote from the good Father which would seem to apply:
"...[W]omen have been ecouraged, and at times forced, to work on their inner lives much more than men have. When you don't have exterior power, you go inside to find your power, and in many cultures this interior power has become a major strength for women. Surely they appear to be more comfortable than men with emotions, tears, touch, social skills, discussion of interior states, and sustenance of relationships. Thus they have a huge head start in understanding spiritual matters."
Richard Rohr, On the Threshold of Transformation