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Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?
Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden, and softly, and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,
with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling
their eagerness to be wild and perfect for a moment,
before they are nothing, forever?
Mary Oliver
Free Palestine

Emilia W. Olsen, “Free Palestine” (2023), oils on Arches oil paper

Mary Oliver’s words have been echoing through my mind lately as I try to make sense of the heart-wrenching reality of Rafah. How do we love this world when it seems so bent on tearing itself apart?

It feels like heartbreak upon heartbreak, horror upon horror, while the world just watches. We tuck our children into bed at night—or maybe we’ve lost them too, and we know the unbearable pain of a mother’s unimaginable loss. It’s a culture of domination and noise. Distract. Redirect. Oh wait, did you hear the latest celebrity news? It’s all so frustrating.

The genocide in Rafah really challenges our very essence of humanity. Yet, in all this brokenness, we somehow have to find a way to hold onto love, even when it feels impossible.

Loving this world means we can’t just turn a blind eye to these atrocities and pretend everything’s okay. We have to amplify the voices of those who are silenced, share their stories, and push for change. We’re all interconnected, and the pain of Rafah is like a wound on the soul of humanity.

I’ll be honest, I’m weary but still steadfast. In moments of despair and hopelessness, it’s easy to lose sight of love. But love isn’t just a feeling; it’s an action, a choice we make every single day. We love this world by refusing to turn away from its suffering. We extend our hands, our hearts, and our resources to those in need. We believe in a future where peace is possible, even when it seems like a distant dream. I truly believe healing is possible. There is a more beautiful world out there. We can spread goodness and add to the world. And maybe, just maybe, we can forgive ourselves. That’s where grace comes in.

So, let’s not turn away from the pain of others. Let’s not get consumed by all these distractions. Instead, let’s stand together, believing that a more beautiful world is possible. Let’s spread kindness, love each other, and find grace in forgiveness.

With Love,

Jeanette

 

RESOURCES:

5 Calls App – 

Call your congreess people – the 5 calls app makes it easy. Demand an immediate ceasefire.

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF): Provides medical and humanitarian relief to Palestinian children in need.

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières): Provides medical aid in conflict zones and to people affected by natural disasters and epidemics.

Amnesty International: Works to protect human rights and campaigns against injustice and violence worldwide.