Message from Rev. Aileen
Pain, loss, grief and trauma are both individual and communal. The weight of all of it feels like we are being flattened, prevented from experiencing growth and healing. Sometimes it feels like there is no end. Then we notice it. We notice that place where the light gets in. For plants, it is a crack in the sidewalk, that place where just the smallest space is created for growth. The conditions are still harsh but the plant is determined. And for some plants, it doesn't matter that there is this incredible weight above them. They break through anyway. They create the crack. We are like that. Despite the greatest odds, humans can find a way to break through the barrier, to find the crack or to create the crack. Because that is what resilience looks like. Creating something new out of what once was. Change is inevitable. Loss and pain are inevitable. But when we have community, when we have other people around us who are also struggling to find the crack or who can help us create the crack, we can face incredible hardship and pain together.