After the death of a loved one. After a dream is destroyed. After a relationship ends.
It can be so easy to cling to what is no longer present.
To yearn for what can no longer exist.
It can be difficult to let go of what is gone, in order to embrace what is.
In order to honor the loss. In order to give tribute to the good that may have been.
In order to notice the truth of what can still be.
Life. Even after the silence.
Do not ignore the seasons of silence.
Of exhaustion. Of weariness. Of deep mourning.
They are necessary.
They are times to pay attention to the ways in which your spirit is connected to the Spirit in others. To the ways in which your essence is poured out from the Source of Life.
And, to remember.
There is still life. Even after the silence.
Prayer: Lord, I know you are the source of abundant life. Help me hear you even after the silence. Amen.
(Adapted from Healing from Broken Dreams: 7 Devotional Lessons for New Beginnings, written by Tiona Cage and featuring music from Sharif Iman)
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Tiona Cage, MSW, is executive coordinator at a Portland-based non-profit devoted to using theatre and story to depolarize communities and create healthier ways of engaging difficult societal issues. Tiona is passionate about exploring the intersection of faith, fear, and identity. With a background in international education and community development, she works to support members of the church and wider community in increasing self-awareness and in learning how to more fully hear God and honor the image of God in self and others. Tiona is a past member of the Eden Spiritual Care board, and was also an Eden Spiritual Care class instructor.