I’VE SPENT A LOT OF my life trying to learn – and then accept – what I control and what I cannot. I do have one conviction; All my life choices should be shaped by my hope, by the lovely outline of what I am dreaming this world to be. My life transitions – almost always painful and uncertain – have usually led to the experiences that have carved and shaped my holy room [the soulmaking room]. Dreams come to me in that holy room, each one offering something to hope for and live toward. Each was like a lovely, variegated window set into that simple holy space that offered me just enough light – a single oil lamp on a small homemade table. The holy one came, sat in that room, and asked me to say yes, And sometimes, I have said yes back.
I dreamed of a world with a more equitable distribution of resources, where sustainability was a primary value and materialism had lost its addictive power. I was acutely conscious of an earth reeling with waste and ill-conceived, unnecessary consumption. I wanted to live a different, more nurturing life, rooted in a specific land and place.
I dreamed of a world of widespread authentic relationship, where the best resources were not distributed along color and class lines. I yearned for a world incapable of embracing extremes, where children no longer die of starvation while others die of obesity related health issues. I thirsted for a world where race had finally lost its power so all that remained was the intriguing diversity and breadth of human cultures.
– Dee Dee Risher
The Soulmaking Room
From pages 90-91 of The Soulmaking Room by Dee Dee Risher. Copyright © 2016 by Dee Dee Risher. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
Matthew 17:4, NRSV
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