This was the poem read by Lorian Kennedy last Sunday. It is used with permission.
by Unitarian Universalist minister, Theresa I. Soto from “Spilling the Light: Meditations on Hope and Resilience”, 2019.
People wake up to ordinary days all the time,
and then, somehow, as though things were just
too peaceful, they experience drastic reversals
of fortune. The car resting on its roof. The fall,
the broken bone. The less than hoped for grade,
the broken heart when a pet dies. You get it.
You never know what’s in a day. Except you; you
are the golden thread running through. I know
that these reversals will test you. You may move
through, burdened with a fresh, wet grief. Or
for now, you may arrive at this moment unscathed:
What you need to know is that there is nothing larger
than the love that is your destiny. And the love may,
at times, feel opaque and distant, like a looming
thundercloud, too far to reach. If that’s too hard
to locate, find your breath, a thread of your life.
Find your community, friendly face and open hand.
What’s true is that some changes call for every
skill that we possess. The deeper truth remains:
changes will eventually change. Let your heart
flex. Let it grow. Allow a reversal to be a moment
in which you are the constant, while you give
yourself kindness and heaping, joyful love.