Julian of Norwich was an amazing woman. She was a 14th century mystic – a very devout woman devoted to God and the author of what are called Revelations of Divine Love. For those of you who know her, you will recognize these words. For those of you who don’t, welcome to the wisdom of Julian.
As I sit on a Monday afternoon, contemplating, yet again, two more mass shootings that erupted over the weekend, I find myself pondering the power of these words:
“… but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
I have no answers for those of you who are asking why were there two more mass shootings. This is a level of evil that is truly frightening. I have no remedy, short of the obvious: eradication of all guns and the introduction of good, free mental health care. And my guess is, it is the second thing, free mental health care, that might start to make a difference.
I have no answers, but can suggest that everyone start writing to their elected officials, demanding change. Expressing outrage.
I, like so many others, am simply numb. But a permanent state of numbness isn’t healthy, isn’t productive, isn’t focused on God’s message or God’s work.
We can, each and every one of us, do something. We can pray for an end to the violence. We can pray for peace. We can pray that our elected officials start focusing on who they represent and stop focusing on polls, ranking, the other party, and the gun lobby.
The something that we do should be focused on God’s healing love. That healing love will be what starts to turn the tide of hate. I’m borrowing a phrase I recently heard in a sermon, which is, we need to make more stops at God’s ATM machine, because God’s ATM is one where the love and hope will never run out.
The power of Jesus the Christ is simple. He was and is and always will be God’s greatest gift of love to us. If we try to truly capture and live into that love, then we and this world have a much better chance of living into the reality that all truly shall be well.
But to get there, we really must believe in God’s healing love. Believe in the power of God. Believe in good vs. evil. And finally, believe that, really, it all shall be well if we surrender to the divine love of God. For that is, I believe, what Julian was trying to convey when she wrote these simple and powerful words:
… but all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
Take a moment in your busy lives and stop to pray. Pray for those who died, pray for those who mourn, pray for the first responders who have to try to process this without loosing themselves, and pray to our God of love for enough hope and compassion to kindle a divine spark that will illuminate this weary world and reveal the healing balm of love.