That's just the point, isn't it? We're never expecting a river to pluck us from our comfort zones, sweeping us along and tumbling us in wild currents of change and discovery.
The journey toward justice is a hero's journey. But in this story, instead of waiting for Superman to swoop down and rescue us, WE are the reluctant heroes.
Do you hear that call niggling at your heart and mind? Do you want to hide under the covers? Are you willing to be swept into God's wild current?
Photo by Karen Brockney. Superman in Metropolis, Il. These words appear on the base: Truth, Justice and The American Way.
In the hero's journey, ACT 2 is The Quest.
The quest for justice and truth can take us into our past and show us our present in greater clarity.
But it's not always a straight path - there are unexpected twists and turns. It's not without painful challenges and setbacks.
Along the way, we may gain allies and face enemies.
Freedom Trail, Boston. Photo by Karen Brockney.
Picasso’s Guernica - The horror of Fascist War.
"God of the river, God of us all,
You sent your prophets to call for a river,
Rolling with justice for all,
In all generations you’ve summoned that river
Preferring the weak and the small."
Expecting a River, by Pamela Liew, 2019
I took these photos as we marched into Montgomery, AL in March 1965.
THIS WAS IN SUPPORT OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT STALLED IN CONGRESS.
Perhaps the most meaningful of these are the two showing 3 youth walking between federal troops as they enter a white neighborhood,
THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE WAS AT STAKE .
"Women's Rights Are Human Rights" - The Women's March in Boston, January 2017.
Heroes can't stay on their quests indefinitely. They've got to go back home at some point.
They have struggled, learned valuable lessons and won prizes of wisdom, strength, courage, and truth to bring back to their beloved communities.
In the hero's journey, ACT 3 is The Homecoming.
How have we struggled?
What have we learned?
What gifts can we bring to our community?
How can we rise with the storms, exceed our boundaries, and make ways that weren't there before?
Photo by Karen Brockney. The Labyrinth at Armenian Heritage Park in Boston celebrates life's journey. A single path leading to the center, the same path leading out.
Photos by members of the First Baptist Church, Worcester, MA.