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Cohabitation is a sort of cosmic dance,
me and you—
reaching for the other
as we waltz and sway in circles
around and around as we try
to find our footing,
in this relationship to one another.
And like the planets circle the sun,
we are pulled into revolving relationship,
sometimes moving closer
and other times drifting apart
because let’s be honest—
sharing space, sharing stories,
being unashamedly ourselves is the hardest part
of being in community.
And in the small, still moments
sometimes minds drift to wondering thoughts
of safe homes,
and tight hugs that never let you go
because everyone deserves warmth
and sweet affection.
In and amid this holy and divine cosmic creation,
everyone deserves to have a safe place
To rest their head at night
And not have to worry if who they are
will be affirmed without question.
God, just as you created us in full authenticity and humanity,
hear our illuminating prayers and songs
as we dance through complex relationships.
May we continue to cultivate beautiful
and vibrant community
And let us feel the love of our chosen families
surround our dwelling places.
~Courtney Anne Henry, MAPT/MDiv Dual degree student
Breath Prayer for Holy Wednesday:
Breathing in: when I wander alone
Breathing out: keep me brave, bring me home
Breathing in: when I’m lonely on the way
Breathing out: accompany me with dancing
This blog is part of a 16-piece series for MIGRATION & HOLY WEEK composed by the students and instructors CTS Contextual Immersions J-Term 2022 Courses on Immigration at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Because of COVID, both the planned travel seminar and the virtual seminar joined for a fully online zoom-based two-week seminar. Instructors compiled, edited the offerings into this series. We hope that this series that integrates our studies and themes of Lent will pose questions for all of us to contemplate and respond to in our life of faith.