your healing shall spring up quickly…
Healing Humanity by Natalie Patterson, used with permission
Life is complex
You should know that upfront.
There will be tears and hurt and joy and pain
So much love and magic and heartbreak.
Did I mention Life is kinda weird
It is the cacophony of people and things
Ideas and promises we meant to keep
Think of it like a symphony
We each are members of this perfect sound
But independent the song just ain’t the same
Like Drake without the corny dancing
Ok that’s a terrible example
But you know what I mean
We are a symphony
Having a part to play and should we give it our all
We get to bask in the goosebumps
Get to settle into the magic
And speaking of magic
This is the best part
But it is tricky tho
Because magic is this illusion right
This crazy blend of intoxicating allure and hard work
Sometimes you will feel like a prop
Feel like an unfinished trick
But should we execute masterfully
You get to understand the bigger picture
You get the stand center stage while the world claps
And that feels fantastic even if the whole world isn’t actually clapping, let me tell you
Picture yourself in the face of your next heartbreak
But equipped with the knowledge that it all works out
Would you still feel as devastated?
Looking back, I wish I would have known how good my life was going to get
How each hurt prepared me for the next best version of myself
I might have seen rejection as God’s protection and let that fool go with greater ease
Your perspective is your saving grace
Press your spirit against your faith
And promise yourself that something more is coming
This is how you heal. continue reading…
Let the healing begin in the knowledge that with mercy comes the power and pressure to risk, the honesty and humility that will move us toward wholeness within each and among all, through reclaiming and rejoicing in our common humanity, as God’s beloved family.
Questions for reflection:
- What is in need of healing for you? How does your faith play a role in healing?
- What is in need of healing for an asylum seeker?
- What is in need of healing for someone in detention?
- What is in need of healing for a DACA recipient?
- What is in need of healing for the church in terms of migrants?
Natalie Patterson is bold, honest, and in pursuit of liberation for the human spirit. She is a humanist, poet, teaching artist, and mental health advocate. Her most recent work can be found on the streets of Los Angeles as co-founder and curator of A Love Language Project, a public art project using murals as protest posters to center and amplify black voices, for the purpose of inspiring meaningful conversation around Black liberation. To learn more: Natalieispoetry.com.