#LentWithESC – Day 18

To Love, Heal, and Transform: Sharing our Power with the World

Written by Solita A. Denard

Johnson Service Corps former staff member and ESC Consultant

I have received many valuable gifts through my engagement with this community, both locally and nationally. When demonstrated in a life-giving way, our personal and collective power can bring about the healing and support our souls long for. Over the years, I have had the privilege of witnessing many of us discover our abilities as we walk alongside one another.  Whether influencing a positive difference for society or struggling with difficult change at various private levels, there is power in our words, being and action.

In community, we are continuously learning to allow ourselves to trust.  To be powerful without controlling outcomes and people. To be seen when we are weak, vulnerable and confused without fear of losing our dignity. Some of us are learning how to own and fully operate in the magnificent strengths we bring to community, and that journey can be awkward and unsure.  The healing connections and support we are developing empower us to continue to put one foot in front of the other.  To keep breathing. Trying again. Living.

All of us have a measure of personal power and how we utilize our portion matters.  By simply doing what we are able to do, well and on purpose, expands support for one another and our world. Cooking a meal, offering a listening ear, or offering a kind word to communicate ‘I see you’ are profound acts of love to someone who is starving for nourishment or affirmation. I have observed and experienced the healing powers of both. Why does sharing our power matter so much? Using our mind, heart, and hands to meet needs of people are necessary ingredients for transformation on many levels. In fact, I observe power “transfusions” and “infusions” occurring all of the time between leaders, mentors, peers and citizens in both subtle and grand ways. We are accountable for how we share our talents, and by grace our measure is increased each time we join those strengths with others. To withhold and bury our influence is a choice to give up our power in creating a more unified, healthy and sustainable world.

Each time we allow the God-given powers of love, grace, and acceptance to live through us we can and will contribute to renewing our world. Our mindfulness, wisdom, and experience and is needed. May we continue to know (remember) how powerful we are.

I have a small grain of hope—

one small crystal that gleams
clear colors out of transparency.

I need more.

I break off a fragment
to send you.

Please take
this grain of a grain of hope
so that mine won’t shrink.

Please share your fragment
so that yours will grow.

Only so, by division,
will hope increase,

like a clump of irises, which will cease to flower
unless you distribute
the clustered roots, unlikely source—
clumsy and earth-covered—
of grace.

Denise Levertov, Making Peace