In our work and in our lives we all exist in what has been called the 'tragic gap' -- that space between what is, and what we know could be. Not one of us comes through life untouched by brokenness, grief, sorrow, loss, and darkness. Yet brokenness, loss and sorrow never have the final word. We also experience the miracle of coming through suffering to a new kind of wholeness on the other side of brokenness. 


For reflection alone or together: 

Find something broken and hold it in the palm of your hand while reading this poem: 

The Unbroken by Rashani Rey

There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness
out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.

There is a hollow space
too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness
we are sanctioned into being.

There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open to the place inside
which is unbreakable and whole,
while learning to sing.

Bring to mind something in your personal or professional life that was once broken and is now whole, or on its way to becoming whole again. Read the poem for a second time. 

Share with another your story of how something broken became whole again. Read the poem a third time to close this reflection. 

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