It’s hard to keep looking at the scenes of devastation. Knowing the threads of dominance and disregard woven through what we see.
Instead, I want to pause with words that Steve Garnaas-Holmes penned last week.
And choose to dwell on a love that is called to rebuild the ruins.
BUILD UP THE RUINS
When you are surrounded by broken things,
when you find yourself in a barren place
of devastation and discouragement, take heart.
Blessed are you, for you have been sent by the Spirit
to do the work of love among ruins.
Blessed are you who mend the shattered,
who build up what’s been torn down.
Blessed are you who accompany the broken,
who stand with light and hope amid the rubble.
We don’t understand the stitching of wounded flesh,
the mystery that knits strands of death into life,
but in the splintered night you can hold the lamp,
you can bear, or at least bear witness to the love
that makes whole, that creates again,
that makes of these disappointed pieces
a new thing of beauty and glory.
The mystery is hidden in your being there.
Build up the ancient ruins, beloved;
the Spirit will guide and strengthen you.
+ Steve Garnaas-Holmes, in Unfolding Light, 13th December 2023
Inspired by the prophetic words of Isaiah that speak to the intention for the whole world, not just a nation: They shall build up the ancient ruins… Isaiah 61.4