Sunday Conversations for any day of week
i am finding myself in need of holy conversation – so i am trying this format, think of it perhaps as the long form tweet, a deeper dive than facebook — or the occasional life prayer study group or modern midrash
so today, i was sent this video…Dog rescued from 10 years on a chain
and i watched it, and, in part, this is a lovely story….
of a rescued dog –
taken out of poverty and ignorance
into loved and yes, well funded, bliss. but in these stories, i can’t help but think about the woman who had chained him. Does she need some ‘rescue’ as well?
Is it that explaining something as ‘cruelty’ to those who perceive and live in a cruel world — or is that some view a world where cruelty is so much a part of the landscape as to be invisible (does a fish know it is wet? or only when it is dry) —
What might sacred activism look like if it was to reach out to ALL who want/need/desire rescuing – rather than sharing stories only the pets and farm animals that make us feel better, that give us a label of rescuer? (a label i used to wear a little too proudly, i must admit)
Sister Mary Corita Kent once said, ” There are so may hungry people that God can not appear to them except in the form of bread.”
What might be the equivalent phrase be for touch and love, and belonging? A hunger that is so often filled by a dog? “There are so many heartbroken people that God can only appear to them as unconditional love in the eyes of a dog.” ?
Is there a story of a chained dog who is rescued by having both ends of the chain freed? By both ends of the chain finding themselves deserving of love…..where she and he could find each other unchained together….
and as always,