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Friday, November 4, 2022

Dona Nobis Pacem ~ Unbounded

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 Dona Nobis Pacem in the Blogosphere began in 2006 and is held annually on November 4th. Our theme for 2022 is "No Freedom. No Peace" and my peace post is called.... 


I woke up smelling rain....
and thinking of dahlias.
Seeing a girl so newly married and in love that if you told her the sky was purple she would have believed it if it came from his eyes.
 I was that girl.

Standing beside the carport of our first modest house, I was planting petunias and dahlias, covered in straw mulch, stardust and dreams. Perched beneath the eave of a green house under a peculiar blue sky, I remember the smell of that rain. Wondering if I'd get my flowers in the ground before the clouds broke free.

 Soon the house would have new siding, brick window casings and a new front porch. And because the roof was flat and tarred, men from our church descended upon us early one Saturday morning, raising pitched rafters and putting on a new roof. It was like an old-fashioned barn raising in the suburbs! They wore blue overalls with pockets of tools and handkerchiefs. One carried Bible tracts in his back pocket and just before the work began, I heard a whole bunch of deacons high on my little green house say a hearty prayer and a big hallelujah amen (kind of like a Baptist football huddle but not...)

We suddenly had an attic and beautiful wood stained siding in the course of one day. I can still see my Dad up on the ladder, hammering and laughing with the motley crew, along with my father-in-law who covered his balding un-churched truck-driving head with a neck gator so that he could dodge impromptu Scripture-throwing and splinters at the same time. 
 I needed to spruce up the outside with bulbs and patches of prayed-in dirt. 

The year was 1979. I was expecting a baby and the move had been difficult. My mother-in-law moved boxes for me and put my house together. 
I just wanted to plant things in the ground.

The chorus in the shingled sky continued. They hammered. And sang. And prayed. I ran as fast as I could from flying nails - as fast as a pregnant woman could run - and served iced tea, carefully and slowly walking barefoot through the grass filled with tape measures and lumber, wondering how we would ever repay them for such kindness 

And then it started to rain

They kept hammering. But faster.

Everything in the universe is composed of five elements: wood, fire, earth, water and metal. I had all five elements on top of my house at the same time. It was like watching spiritual improv on my own personal green Mount of Transfiguration! Jesus told a crowd of people that His Father sends rain to the just and the unjust. During my green house days, I saw Him send rain on the churched and the un-churched. 
My neighborhood had never heard such.
My house was transfigured in a day.
My heart was changed forever.

My African water jug

Which brings me to why I think I know what my heart was trying to tell me this morning some forty-three years later when God as my Witness, I sat straight up in bed and smelled earthy rain clear as day. Not a cloud in the sky outside. But I'm sure I heard a thunderclap in my bedroom. It came from way back in the suburban days of newborns and baptisms, deacons and dahlias...

Two simple words have been floating around in my consciousness for about three years now and they won't let me go. 

Remove judgment.

The year of 2019 was a banner year of bodacious struggle, you see...literally raining down on my pencil head with a force so ungodly I didn't think I'd survive it  and that was before the pandemic began. I had a right to hate. I had a right to seek revenge. I had a right
undo myself.

Remove judgment.
That's what Spirit said.

 I've been trying for three years to fine-tune that command. "But they did this..." Remove judgment. "And then they did that!!..." Remove judgment
"But they deserve to pay for what they did. They are the unjust. Right?"
Remove judgment. 

Finally one day I asked why. And the answer I got was like unbounded water falling off a roof.
Because your freedom is at stake. 

The cloud that filled my room this morning
was the same cloud that kept those heavenly roofers hammering in the pouring rain
and is the same cloud that continues to transform me when life sends thunder and lightning.
Whenever I feel justified in judging no matter how justified it is
I hear those two words and stop myself lest it be my undoing

This morning my own sweet grandson gathered a pile of rocks, sticks and leaves (those elements...) and took them to the cemetery. He made an arrangement on top of Papa's marble headstone with great care and deliberation and I felt
the power of marble on marble, peace on peace, granite and wood and fire and earth
and water

and maybe the sound of hammers

My flower garden 1979
Watered with sawdust
no judgment

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Michelle said...

I can't believe I'm your first comment! Beautiful, as always, Mimi. You arrange words like plants in a flower bed. And the results are always wonderful. <3

Best Peace day wishes to you.

Pam and Teddy said...

A beautiful post Mimi - as always but this one was extra special. A personal memory and message that we all need to hear. Peace be with you.

Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

The Florida Furkids said...

What an excellent post and a great memory!!! We should all remember to remove judgment.

We're purring and praying for peace.

The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

Julie Schultz said...

Definitely worth the late night writing. You did a fabulous job...tugging the heartstrings and sharing with your heart on your sleeve.

Little Miss Titch said...

A Beautiful Soul is what you are Mimi xoxo Little Miss Titch

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I always resonate with your stories so much, Mimi. It is a challenge to remove judgment when we are witnessing things that would have seemed impossible even several years ago. Someone once told me, when people around me were behaving badly, to "Become the Observer". That has served me well. What once caused such angst in me, especially toxic "leadership", and apathy about the climate crisis, I now observe wearily. Humans learn the hard way. Sadly, our taking so long to awaken is harming many other beings. I once was a wide-eyed optimist. Now more of a fatalist. And yet we blog for peace, we do what we can do. We live in hope, because living without it is not an option.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

superb!!!! Just beautiful!

CountryDew said...

A lovely sentiment indeed! Thank you for hosting the Peace Blog once again. If only . . .

ShannonW said...

Beautiful post Mimi. I always feel such a strong connection to your words.

Tink said...

I'm a bit late this year, but of course I'm joining in again. My 17th globe in 15 years of participating. I love our Blog4Peace family. Thank you, Mimi, for uniting us and ALL you.
Peace to you, peace to all.

Gattina said...

Very beautiful post, it's so nice that you gathered so many Bloggers for peace, and that for such a long time !! Probably we have to shout louder because this year was not a good one for peace !

Mimi Lenox said...

Michelle - Thank you.
Best peace day wishes to you as well.

Pam and Teddy - I'm glad it resonated with so many. It took a little digging to resurrect this one. Peace to you and yours.

Sharon - Thank you for representing from Florida with the Furkids. Always welcome here.

Mimi Lenox said...

Julie - Thursday night was a wild night of writing for sure! It's usually a roller coaster ride on the Eve of...Thanks for being here blogging for peace, my friend.

Miss Titch - I read your beautiful post and tribute to Speedy. I hope you are doing well across the pond. Peace to you and yours xxoo

Sherry- We have to keep on and on and all areas of our lives, not just the causes we hold dear. It is a challenge in the times we live in.

Mimi Lenox said...

Caren - Thank you for reading and for continuing to blog for peace. Peace to you and yours

Country Dew - We've been at it a long time, eh? I remember your very first peace was a collage with a deer on it. Right? (photographic memory serves me well ha!) But the older I get, the less it works perfectly. Thank you for blogging for peace with us so long.

Mimi Lenox said...

Shannon - That is nice to hear. I hope you are enjoying peace day this year.

Tink - I love that you call us a family. You are many many miles away from most of us in the Netherlands and yet we are a peace family. How special is that...

Mimi Lenox said...

Gattina - It was hard to blog peace this year, wasn't it? Many people commented on that fact. And yet, we did and we will continue. Maybe next year the world will be at peace...

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs said...

A beautiful post, full of light, peace and love.

Peachy, Stippie, Angel Binky and Granny said...

Loved your writing, Mimi😺 I think we have to ask ourselves who we are to judge to find out the right answer. Looks like the sawdust is protecting your plants😸 Granny's daughter, our auntie, is born in 1979, so it brought up some memories here too ♥ Thanks again for another year of Peace and here come some Peaceful Pawkisses just for you and have a wonderful week ahead too🐾😽💞

Mimi Lenox said...

Meezers - Wouldn't be the same without you. Thank you for your kind comment.

AngelsWhisper - Thanks so much and sending pawkisses right back to you. I have a cat now. Snickers!
Does that mean I can belong to the Cat Blogosphere too??? I hope so.

Mimi Lenox said...

Thank you Peachy... I hope your November is going well. We appreciate the peace vibe you bring to us.

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