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Day 35 - Daily Sharing of: Gratitude, Concern, Prayer/Inspiration

This week I am in a taking a Ministry Basics course and today was a half day on Spirituality and Aging; and the second half was the beginning of Family Systems and working with our Genogram. “A Genogram is a graphic representation that displays detailed data on a person’s family relationships and medical history. It goes beyond a traditional family tree by allowing the user to analyze hereditary patterns and psychological factors that punctuate relationships.” In my call as a Chaplain and Celebrant, it is important for me to understand my family systems, so I may support others and how they are shaped and supported by their unique family system. I was the first student to present my Genogram today. This was not my first time doing so; however, I find each time I present my family and ancestors and patterns, I have a chance to explore more. There are blessings and curses, and it is up to me to work through those, and accept what is mine to keep. Tomorrow we will do a healing ritual focused on our ancestors. Tonight as I reflect upon my ancestors, I was reminded of the movie, “Moana”. There is a song that has Moana in conversation with a beloved ancestor who supports and guides Moana to know she has it all within her. The song is entitled, “I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)” by Auli’i Cravalho and Rachel House I’ve attached the link for those who might like to hear…

In this time of uncertainty, I find it comforting to remember that I’ve got this… and I’ve got a multitude of ancestors who went before me and faced unthinkable events… they guide me in various ways. I highlight these lyrics from the song as tonight’s prayer:

“And the call isn't out there at all, it's inside me It's like the tide, always falling and rising I will carry you here in my heart you'll remind me That come what may I know the way”

May it be so…


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