Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid --- Frederick Buechner
All over the world, every day, there are Bostons. Always beautiful and terrible things are happening in beautiful cities.
Many people live in constant fear of the terror. They would love to plant themselves in the beauty.
When terrible things happen there are no easy words, but sometimes there are words of ease.
A friend of ours in Boston, a priest and teacher, finds the words of Patricia Adams Farmer especially helpful. He encourages us to post some of Patricia's words on this site so that he can share them with his friends of many faiths and no faith.
Patricia is a metaphor maker. She knows that we build new lives out of old ones, not by hiding from pain or pretending it was the will of God, but by replanting ourselves in beauty, as best we can, when time allows.
She finds God in the replanting. It takes so much time to turn to the garden. The quaking is never forgotten. There's a rumbling in the heart. Forever. Still, we pick up the trowel. There are flowers to be planted.
I do not believe in the up there/out there bully in the sky. I would much rather celebrate the cosmic companion who is creating a universe in which I, and the rest of creation, am invited toward cosmos, connection, justice and love.
Rabbi Bradley Artson, Coming to Know the God We Already Love
Excerpts from Patricia Adams Farmer's