This Sunday & Rev. Peter's May Poem

The spiritual theme for May is "Creativity"

This Sunday May 27, 2018 at 10:00 only - "The Power of Creative Tension"

This Sunday, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Kathy Alston will explore an unlikely source of creativity: tension and anxiety. How can we harness these emotions, which have the power to paralyze us, to our advantage? The UUCDC Choir will provide our music.

"From Hope"  by Peter A. Friedrichs

You can stand on the stage,
the most skilled illusionist, 
madly conjuring card after 
card from thin air, or
producing doves like some 
crazed, relentless peacemaker, 
astounding even the most 
jaded, jeering crowd.

But in the end Lucretius was right:
Ex nihilo nihil fit.*
Given seven days, or seventy,
or even seven thousand,
you cannot create out of nothing
even a single grain of sand,
much less an entire Universe.
And yet, each day you are called 
to make a world out
of nothing more than hope.
From the bombed-out rubble
of yesterday’s drone strike,
ordered by some unseen enemy
or, worse yet, a trusted friend, 
you must, concussed, claw your way 
back to light and air, and dust 
yourself off to begin again.
After the earth has shifted 
without warning, you find yourself
digging by hand through a maze 
of twisted rebar and memories,
fingernails torn and knuckles swollen,
desperately trying to reach your own
barely beating heart, so faint
that only the rescue dogs can
sense your thready pulse.
From the shards of glass that 
pierce the tender flesh of your palms, 
today you must piece together 
yet another mirror that reflects 
some semblance of the face 
that you’re willing to
present to the world.
* “from nothing comes nothing”

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