The following resources were gratefully shared at the OneLight Gathering on Friday 13th January, 2017 at London's monthly Interfaith Ceremony, generously hosted at Notting Hill's Essex Unitarian Church.
by Rashani Réa
There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.
There is a hollow space too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.
There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open
to the place inside which is unbreakable
while learning to sing.
Carrying A Candle
by Jan Sutch Pickard
Carrying a candle
from one little place of shelter
is an act of love.
To move through the huge
and hungry darkness, step by step,
against the invisible wind
that blows forever around the world,
carrying a candle,
is an act of foolhardy hope.
Surely it will be blown out:
the wind is contemptuous,
the darkness cannot comprehend it.
How much light can this tiny flame shed
on all the great issues of the day?
It is as helpless as a newborn child.
Look how the human hand,
That cradles it, has become translucent:
Fragile and beautiful, foolish and loving,
Step by step.
The wind is stronger than this hand,
And the darkness infinite
Around this tiny here-and-now flame
that wavers, but keeps burning:
carried with such care
through an uncaring world
from one little place of shelter to another.
An act of love.
The light shines in the darkness
And the darkness can never put it out.
Grant, O Source of All Love, that I may observe, with greatest care, the precept of Compassion, towards myself and my neighbour, to Love the earth and to Love my brothers and sisters as Your great Heart encompasses all of Life, without condition, in Loving Care. Give me that greatness of Heart to hold my own wounds in tender kindness, that my healing and its wisdom may add light to these often difficult days. Enable me to see the beauty of life and to face the darkness with courage, to cradle my own vulnerability and to forgive others theirs. O heart of Love, I put all my trust in you, let Love be my teacher and my guide, this night and onward, as I go into the world and my community. Let Your Love bless my path and inspire my way. Amen.