To Unitarian Universalists, Boston is normally the shorthand for the “center” of our faith. This morning we wake with grief and mourning in our hearts over the tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. For me, this is a reminder about one of the most important roles of a faith community: to provide a container for private grief and public mourning.
For me, these are the times where I hope we can grow into a spiritual maturity that makes space for words that are not always welcome in some of our congregations. God. Prayer. Lamentation. Perhaps we might read from the book of Psalms.
There Is a Balm in Gilead
African American Spiritual
Sometimes I feel discouraged
and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again.
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.