Message of Light from Norway

In recent years it often seems that anger, resentment, intolerance and hate threaten to overwhelm the voices of those who work for healing and peace.  All too often acts of violence create a depth of pain that leads to retribution and further violence.  And yet in the midst of despair there is hope.  In the midst of darkness there is the promise of light.

I am part of a broad Imago community in many countries across the globe, including many talented therapists and educators in Norway.  As we heard of the horrifying acts of violence and hate earlier this week my first thoughts were for these friends, and the families of the victims.  One of our colleagues, Jorunn Overboe shared the beautiful and courageous response of the Norwegian people to those who would overwhelm the world with violence and hate.  I share it with you in humility and love:

“Thank you for thinking of us and for sending your greetings!!That means a
lot!!

We are all in Norway touched by this tragedy, and I know people who are
closely touched.

I hope you and all the rest of the world have seen pictures from the
Norwegian peoples answer to this horror today:  Hate with love, darkness
with light, coldness with warmth, evil and cruelty with caring, closeness
and togetherness, and endless of flowers and lights all over the country.
Shoulders by shoulders we filled the streets with love.”

Sincerely Jorunn Oeverboe

How much courage it takes to meet anger with compassion, coldness with warmth, darkness with light.  Please share your thoughts on what  we can all do to spread this message of light and love.

Posted by Laura

Laura Marshall, LCSW, is the founder and director of the Sagebrush Center for Relationship Therapy. Her experience spans thirty years of supporting couples and individuals to create healthy and meaningful lives and relationships. She is also adjunct faculty for the New Mexico Highlands School of Social Work. She lives with her husband Steve and five sons in Farmington, New Mexico.

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