Haiti, the religious life, flora and fauna, and whatever else crosses the mind of this Episcopal sister and priest
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
the first day
This is the first day we have to tell someone we love them. The first day to hold a baby in our lap, take a walk through the park, find a lost pair of glasses, call an old friend to see how they are doing. This is the first day to begin again the great work of justice that gives our lives meaning. The first day to sit quietly in prayer, offering thanks for all that has been and for all that will be. The first day to tell a joke. The first day to watch the wind bend the trees, the moon come up over snow, the lights come on like hope. This is our first day. The day we discover again how precious every day can be.
-- The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, January 1, 2013
I began this blog as I prepared to leave for a seminary field education placement in a parish in Haiti, creating it as a way of sharing my experiences and reflections over the summer with people at home and continuing it upon my return.
I finally returned to Haiti in 2011. So much in a short time. I returned to the US in 2013, but something tells me I'll be back. Meanwhile, there is still so much I intended to share while I was there. I hope some of it will make it onto this blog. A piece of my heart is always in Haiti, and I hope some of yours will be, too. Pray for Haiti, please. So much is needed; with God, so much is possible.
Meanwhile, there are ample opportunities for ministry here, and plenty of discoveries to make. There are beautiful things to consider, birds to watch, and concerns to share. And I am never short of curiosity to lead me into all sorts of odd corners. In all of it, God is present. Welcome to the adventure.
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This is a personal blog. Nothing in it is an official statement from the Sisters of St. Margaret, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, or any other organization.