Today’s Thought – June 21, 2020 by Rev. Ken DeLisle

Happy Father’s Day! Yes, today really is Father’s Day. For my thoughts on that, read last week’s entry (June 14) when I thought that was Father’s Day.

And yes, today is the start of summer.

It is also the Sunday we remember our First Nations sisters and brothers.

I am sending you a poem I usually use if I am leading worship today. It is a song of pain and hope. I found it in a United Church booklet called A Healing Journey for Us All, published in 2006.

Have a blessed and happy day.

Reconciliation (poem by Rebecca Tabobodung, member of the Wasauksing First Nation)

We are waking up to our history
           from a forced slumber
We are breathing it into our lungs
            so it will be part of us again
It will make us angry at first
            because we will see how much you stole from us
            and for how long you watched us suffer
            we will see how you see us
            and how when we copied your ways
            we killed our own.

We will cry and cry and cry
            because we can never be the same again
            But we will go home to cry
            and we will see ourselves in this huge mess
            and we will gently whisper the circle back
            and it will be old and it will be new

Then we will breathe our history back to you
            you will feel how strong and alive it is
            and you will feel yourself become a part of it
And it will shock you at first
            because it is too big to see all at once
            and you won’t want to believe it
            you will see how you see us
            and all the disaster in your ways
            how much we lost

And you will cry and cry and cry
            because we can never be the same again
But we will cry with you
            and we will see ourselves in this huge mess
            and we will gently whisper the circle back|
            and it will be old and it will be new.