Until this becomes a reality
When we started this blog, we had just come out of a war. Wounded and traumatized by the responses of our people and community, we decided to create this blog, a window to our pursuit of peace. That is when Bee came to life for me. Looking back at this time, I am very grateful for the opportunity to write and share some of my reflections. I have learned a lot along the way, not least of which were technical skills in a multi-writer setting. Your engagement with my posts, both the funny and the vulnerable, empowered me. It pushed me to continue when sometimes I felt lost.
Three years later and the animosity is still here. The messages of separation and exclusion continue and seem to have further spilled across the globe. I’m sure you can think of a few examples from your political memory in just the past few weeks. There is an intensified sense of regression leading to a place of fear and uncertainty. This is our collective present, and I see it as a sign that we should continue spreading and sharing our alternative place until it becomes a reality.
These are a few short thoughts that run through my mind as I get ready to continue my pursuit of peace beyond the dimensions of blogging:
I hope to continue to be just.
I’m afraid of sacrificing grace to do so.
I hope to continue to pursue reconciliation.
I’m afraid of sacrificing relationships to do so.
I hope to live out what I teach.
I’m afraid that sometimes I fail.
Bee lives in me, and I plan to continue expressing myself in new ways and new forms. As I embark on new chapters in my life, I pray my hope overcomes my fears. I see Another Voice as the fruit of my community and those great mentors and leaders who have taught us how to be peacemakers. I look forward to seeing each of us in her life-journey produce new and juicy fruits intertwined with other branches in the tree of peace.