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People say that staying in touch is easy these days
phone lines everywhere,
internet sweeping city to city,
even stamps readily available in any post office
for the neighborhood letter writer
to select the perfect one
out of the season’s newest designs.
Yet how can we stay in touch
when seemingly everything,
yet nothing at all,
is happening right here and right now
swirling around and enveloping me in a cloud.
And how can we stay in touch
when all I want to write is:
I am here.
I see you.
I am here writing to you
and I hope that you see me too
because I want to tell you stories
of what happens each week.
To illustrate for you pictures of small, beautiful moments
That bring me joy
And tears streaming down my cheek.
Each night I dream of the distance here between us,
all the miles
stretched out across the earth.
I dream that
“staying in touch” really meant
that I could feel you here
as all time and distance fades away.
Maybe tomorrow will bring us closer
I will hold onto that hope for just another day
Courtney Anne Henry, MAPT/MDiv Dual degree student
Breath Prayer for Holy Saturday:
Breathing in: when I am weary & waiting
Breathing out: inspire my dreams
Breathing in: in the long in-between
Breathing out: new possibilities emerge
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.