What does the month of September recall to mind? Pumpkins and falling leaves, sweaters and bonfires, college books and new college sneakers — all these are part of this superb month that transitions us from summer time to fall.
This September additionally holds a particular significance because the world remembers the horrific tragedies of September 11, a date none of us who lived by that day will ever overlook. And, in that spirit of never-forgetting is the transition level.
I preserve seeing posts on social media asking the query: Are you forgetting at the present time? That, I imagine, is the incorrect query. The higher query is: How are you therapeutic from that day? I don’t imagine persons are forgetting and it’s doable that these asking that query have a not-so-hidden agenda. I imagine that, after 20 years, the therapeutic continues. Inside that therapeutic, have we been remodeled by these tragic occasions? Have we turn into higher as a individuals? Has our compassion for all struggling been renewed? Has the vacancy of that point been stuffed by a deeper, fuller sense of grace?
Or, have we dug in our heels and remained dedicated to the concern, anger and hatred that spewed forth on that day 20 years in the past? How desperately are we nonetheless clinging to all that anguish? The selection — and, sure, it’s a alternative — is as much as us. The selection to heal doesn’t negate or erase the ache, sorrow and sins of that day. It doesn’t reduce the loss. The selection to heal implies that we select to not contribute to the persevering with of the ache. We select to be part of the therapeutic of the broader world, the tribe of devoted believers and members in a greater, extra unified planet of love-driven economics.
For Christians, this implies residing within the Christ consciousness, for Buddhists, it signifies strolling the trail of Inter-being, and for the Celts, it focuses on the connection of people to all different life. For all of us it means residing within the promise of goodness slightly than the ache of the previous.
This transitionary interval will not be for the faint of coronary heart or spirit. It requires us to look inside our personal hearts and actually acknowledge what we discover; the softness in addition to the onerous edges, the heat in direction of the acquainted and the coldness in direction of the unknown. And, after the acknowledgement, we face the selection of motion – to heal, to withstand the temptation to not let go of that darkish bitterness or to proceed to dwell there, claiming that concern and blind to the holiness of therapeutic. We face the selection of continued isolation in our distress or reunification by Divine Love. The Divine Love that lives inside our hearts, crammed with opposites and struggles. It continues to be a problem, this stroll into therapeutic, however nobody mentioned it will be simple.
Sure, we are going to take the sweaters out of storage, put pumpkins on our entrance steps; we are going to construct bonfires and sip all issues pumpkin-spice. And, hopefully, we are going to transfer ahead as a result of now we have made a holy area the place grace can envelope us all. And we are going to be taught from our errors as a substitute of being destined to repeat them. I want you a blessed September transition.
The Reverend Dr. Deborah Darlington had the respect and privilege of officiating the service commemorating the tenth Anniversary of 9/11 aboard the Queen Mary II and continues to honor at the present time in Interfaith companies and different unity centered work. She could be reached at GraceMatters@TheSpaceForGrace.com.