It’s a time to grieve into the horror of what has happened. The horror of what is.
It’s hard. Letting in the horrors, the suffering, the pain isn’t fun. It doesn’t feel good, or safe. It causes our walls, as Rabbi Alan Lew taught, to come crashing down.
But refusing to feel costs us.
Or of Sandy Hook? Of Pulse? All the times innocents were slaughtered in the midst of their lives and love?
This is the suffering and pain of then.
This is the suffering and pain of now.
We have action to take.
We have people and a democracy to fight for.
But we also have to make space to really experience the devastation of now.
This is a time of crisis.
Of human rights abuses.
Of people, of children suffering without reason.
We let the unspeakable touch us; we let it matter.
We open ourselves to the truth of what’s happening.
We can become the people the world urgently, desperately needs us to be now.