A time to mourn and a time to dance in the time of coronavirus

This time being isolated is an opportunity. In the major cultural shifts we are experiencing, I have a deep sense in my spirit this is a time to mourn and be ready to move to what is next. I elaborate more HERE.

Henri Nouwen has a chapter on mourning in his book Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit. In the meditation portion of the chapter there is a segment from another writing of his on mourning and dancing.

Reflect on this as part of what the Spirit is saying in our time:

Jesus came to sing a dirge and say: “Cry with me.” Jesus came to play a pipe and say: “Dance with me.” There is a secret place in us where the Spirit brings new life. There is a creche where the Child is born in you. There is the broken soil of your soul where the seeds of grace can grow in you. The Spirit of God within us says: “There is a time to mourn and a time to dance.” The Spirit of healing that makes us mourn is the same Spirit that makes us dance. The mystery of the dance is that its movements are discovered in the mourning.

woman kneeling inside room near floor-type AC unit
Photo credit: Chris Yang (Unsplash)

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