Let the Sunshine In … and Out
As I sat down to write, it was a still-gray morning, 9-11 and suicide awareness month were heavy on my heart, there was a rocky cliff in my view, and I was thinking about caves. Procrastinating with a scan of my phone, a message popped:
“We all find our way into the cave at one time or another. We all find ourselves in places where we find no light but the match we cannot seem to find. There is a mouth to the cave, there is an exit. But is it safe to go? The responses that others offer us in our laments help us to know whether or not the world outside the cave is a place where we will be embraced.
If a lament is not your song today, how can you call into a cave where someone else is waiting? If you are in the cave, where can you call knowing that your “complaint” will be honored rather than ignored?”
The author, Kaji Douŝa, a pastor in New York City, continues,
“No matter what the people around you do, know that – cave or not – God embraces it all. You are honored, beloved and known.”
Some of us may seek and find comfort in God. And – for all of us – it matters what the people around us do.
Every day, we see evidence of people trying to do the right things … calling into the caves, ready with a hug or a meal or a listening heart, to be there for one another. And we know that sometimes it’s hard to make the connections, to find the match when you’re in the cave or to touch someone when you call in with love or help.
CommunityCare of Lyme is here for all of it. We are always ready to offer support or just to listen; and we can share many ways that your loving heart or helping hands can be an important comfort to someone else. We love to hear from you, always. Reply to this message, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 603-795-0603. We are able to answer the phone most every time. If we miss you, please leave a message, and we’ll call you back shortly.
And now, the warming sun has broken through. It looks like there will be plenty of that to go around this next week. Along Lake Winnipesaukee last weekend, we saw signs that said, “If you’re here for the sunshine, be the sunshine.” What a lovely idea.
If you find yourself in a cave right now, know that there is lots of sunshine out here. With all our hearts, we hope you will feel it.