Brave

1 May

I, along with many people, feel in love with Sara Bareilles’ song Brave.  It was written her a friend of hers who was suffering from cancer and struggling with how to talk about her disease.  How do we talk, or not talk, about difficult subjects in our lives.

Each day we watch the news to see how life is going in Baltimore.  In the past have driven through and gotten lost is some of the poorer sections of Baltimore.  I think of the frustration of living and dying and see too many people die young in that setting has fueled the unrest there.  Black Lives Matter.

I have been impressed with many spokespersons for the city who have let us clearly know that the beginning of the eruption was the death of an unarmed, uncharged young man who died of a spinal injury in a police van.

How do we enable ourselves and help others to speak clearly about the angry, frustration and pain that is going on inside of us. So often in this culture we just string a bunch a curse words, and call it communication.  Or, as in Baltimore, set fire to whatever can be found so the outside reality matches the internal rage.

“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

You can be amazing

You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug

You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up

Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue

Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I think it takes a lot of focus, energy, and clarity with ourselves to speak honesty with others.  I have a little book called, Wisdom of the Desert Fathers.  One of the sayings is; Let your mouth speak the words of your heart.    To be clear and transparent in speech is an ongoing challenge for me.

Finally, I will share a favorite bible verse.  I actually embroidered this on a pillow in my youth.

I John 3:18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

It is my prayer for Baltimore and our world.  Let us love, but not just give lip service to caring, or wanting healing, but in the way we act and what we do.

Peace and blessings.

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One Response to “Brave”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger May 1, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    Thanks, Mary!

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