Summoning the Divine The Breath of God


July 2020

I started working on this Summoning Meditation in late May just after George Floyd died.  I was stunned by the spirit and power of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and, of course, celebrated Gay Pride (as best one could) and the honoring of those who died at the Pulse Nightclub.  And then and now there is COVID.  

THE BREATH OF GOD is the title of this July Summoning Meditation.  The original meaning for “inspiration” comes from the Latin inspiratus (the past participle of inspirare) and means to breathe life into, to inspire.   Almost more than any other time, we need God’s breath of inspiration that will propel us to loving and positive action. 

This 6-page-long Meditation includes relatively short selections from 9 gifted and diverse Civil Rights activists, whose artistic work and comments show their resilience, their solutions, and their willingness to persevere.  As always, I look forward to your ideas & comments.      --Pam

·         Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., black Baptist Minister. 

·         Parker Palmer, Outspoken white Quaker thinker and activist.

·         Bernard De Soto, gay, mixed-blood man, poem ALL THE DEAD BOYS LOOK LIKE ME: 

·         Maya Angelou, remarkable black writer and thinker, Christian but also drawn to Zen Buddhism, Judaism, & Islam.

·         Charlotte Rankine, Jamaican-born black poet, who received a MacArthur genius award.

·         Amiri Baraka, angry black activist & poet; Christian, then Muslim, then Marxist.

·         Marge Piercy, white Jewish poet who reflects on “Being of Use.”

·         Lucille Clifton, black poet and poet laureate of Maryland.

          Clifton, celebrate with me:  

Clifton is a delight!   If you were a fan of radio’s Prairie Home Companion, you’ll recognize the voice of Garrison Keillor, who introduces Clifton.   1:24 min.   

·         Sweet Honey & the Rock, protest song + lyrics):

          “We who believe in freedom cannot rest”

YouTube Link.  Bernice Reagon created Ella’s Song as part of her score for the 1981 Ella Baker documentary.  Reagon   uses Baker’s own words in the song.  I urge you take a look and listen to the song on YouTube; you’ll see visuals on Civil Rights past and current.  It might take a short time for visual/audio to begin. The words are below.

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