Migrant God, Show Me How to Love

Ben and Daniel on the Northwest Coastal Pilgrimage

Ben and Daniel on the Northwest Coastal Pilgrimage

Dear HeartbeatFamily,

I often hear something that stops me in my tracks while on pilgrimage. As our cohort walked along the Pacific Coast of Oregon last September, Mira said a prayer that I will never forget.

Mira is a neighborhood organizer working with the Hispanic community, some of them undocumented immigrants, in Portland, OR. She attends a faith community that has declared itself a Sanctuary Community, and her work helps build a bridge between English speakers and Spanish speakers. Mira was selected to receive a Heartbeat scholarship to attend our Northwest Coastal Pilgrimage, a 42-mile walk with an intention of fostering connections for our soul and the earth and discerning our role in the world’s healing.

On the third day of the walk, our group paused and together made a labyrinth in the sand on the beach. As the tide slowly crept in, each pilgrim made their way to the center of the labyrinth and back again. After we shared our experience and Mira’s words went straight to the heart:

labyrinth“As I made my way to the center of the labyrinth, I turned inward, rooting into the deep well of love within. A prayer arose and repeated as I breathed in and out: Migrant God, show me how to love. At the center, with heart and hands and eyes open toward the ocean, I took it all in. Everything I needed was there, in and around me.”

It is moments like this that remind me of the critical importance of our work at Heartbeat and the support that we are able to offer those taking direct action in resisting the injustices of our time. After our walk, Mira had this to share:

“I feel called to show up with and for people on the margins, and on the pilgrimage, I felt a pull to consider how I am or am not showing up for myself and for my family. I left reminded of the need to tend and care for myself and the relationships closest to me in order to show up for others and to engage in the work of changing oppressive systems.”

Will you make a gift today and help us continue to advance the Celtic vision of John Philip and Ali Newell, listening for the heartbeat of the Sacred in all things? Thank you for your partnership and support on this incredible journey. The generosity of the Heartbeat family provides vital support for the work of healing and transformation.


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Ben Lindwall, Executive Director

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