it is commonly understood that one of the effects of grief is that it can foreclose our ability to imagine.
It is as though each of us can look only as far into the future as we can into the past.
Healing, therefore, a process of dealing with what has happened, is at its heart a labor of forming a life-affirming relationship with what is to come.
We wrest the future from the grip of the past.
We look back so we can look ahead.
We grieve so we can imagine.
In that sense, this book is an invitation to grief; it is also an invitation to imagination.
What is possible and what we deserve will almost surely require both. - From Until We Reckon, 2019
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Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur is raising three children with her husband in Santa Monica, CA. She serves as Community Minister of the Emerson UU Church of Canoga Park and works with St. Joseph Center in Venice to advance social and economic equity for people experiencing homelessness.