by Lauren Van Ham
Joy is the echo of God’s life in us. ~ Abbot Columba Marmion
In thy presence is fullness of joy. ~ Psalms 16:11
I live across the street from the police station, in Berkeley, California. Last week, for a string of nights the, “I Can’t Breathe” demonstrations happening around the city, brought with them helicopters, sirens, beating drums and riot gear. Quickly I realized this was my empathy training; my turn to peek into the lives of humans around the world whose nervous systems must endure this and so much more.
Paradoxically, for the same number of days I was attempting to find a steady serenity amidst the tension of the protests, my partner was working near Lake Tahoe, and sending me photos from his surroundings.
Photo: Valentino’s shot of a walk along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe
The juxtaposition of our different realities was stunning! How does God inhabit it ...