Blessed Unrest

Blessed Unrest – November 7, 2012
Second Exploratory Worship, First Parish Cambridge

Candle Lighting

We gathered for our second exploratory worship the day after Election Day, after many of us had spent the last few months volunteering, canvassing, and praying that our candidates and causes would win. When The Sanctuary Worship Team began planning for this service, we realized we were going to have to choose a theme without knowing the results of the elections . We wondered: what message would we need to hear regardless of who won?

Joanna Lubkin said in her reflection last night:

“As the election approached,
and as I went into that voting booth, what became totally clear for me is that this is what democracy looks like, right here, today. Democracy is what we choose to do the day after the elections.

“If the candidate you wanted to win won,What are you going to do to help the issues you care about move forward? If you’re dismayed by who was just elected,What are you going to do help make sure the country is moving toward a brighter future? What is yours to do?”

Jo’s reflection was interwoven with the Roy Zimmerman song, “Hope, Struggle, and Change,” sung by Mark David Buckles. (Sung by all of us, by the end of the reflection!)

Zach Kerzee shared with us a song by singer-songwriter and social change-maker Zo Tobi called Blessed Unrest. Many of us found that we were still singing the song as we went out into the snowy (!) evening:

“Fill my days with blessed unrest /
and my nights with dreams of justice /
make me a vessel for the turning of the tide.”

To be in a state of blessed unrest is to be awake to all the crises going on in the world. You have no veils, no illusions about the state of things, but you also see what’s possible. You see a hopeful possibility for the future and are inspired to take action on that vision with other people who are also awake.

Jo concluded her reflection by saying, “This is why I come to The Sanctuary. I come to be among people who are awake, who hold no illusions that it’s gonna take some struggle before we reach that change, but who do what has to be done again and again. I come to The Sanctuary because we’re gonna need nourishment on that road to justice. I come to The Sanctuary to be a part of something larger than myself, because — to quote Sister Rosalie Bertell — ‘our dreams are often bigger than our lifetimes.'”