On this day of memory

Today I was blessed to have the opportunity to give a little something back to my community, joining my husband’s Unitarian Church on their annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, helping to cook some soup for the homeless.  It was inspiring to see so many people from all over the region coming together to make a difference.  At the same time I felt a sense of sadness. Why does it take tragedy such as the shootings in Tucson last week to make us sit up, take notice, and say it is time for reasonable people to come together in the spirit of dialogue to work for peace?

Part of the mission of Imago Relationship Therapy has always been the idea of healing the world one couple at a time.  We believe that the work that couples do – in counseling sessions, in workshops, seminars and other educational events, and in the heart of their own homes,-  to support, understand and heal each other ultimately has a ripple effect that helps to bring healing to the whole planet.

In the words of the great Dr. King:  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
My hope on this Day of Service is that as we all struggle to become wise in the ways of love together we can begin to push back the darkness of hate and create a world of light, love and healing.

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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