One Foot Planted

“In order to build the movements capable of transforming our world, we have to do our best to live with one foot in the world we have not yet created. I believe unhealed trauma is the most dangerous force on earth. It’s the mechanism through which violence and cruelty and greed reproduce.”

This quote from Aurora Levins Morales, from her incredible collection of essays called, Medicine Stories (one of my favorite books), is one of my favorite quotes. It reminds me of the unpredictable, indiscriminate nature of trauma and the harm unhealed trauma creates. It also reminds me of resilience and hope.

From a Christian perspective, it reminds me that I must choose to have “one foot” planted in the new age that has broken into this old one by the arrival of Christ the King.

The old is passing away.

New creation has begun.

An alternative future of new possibilities await us.

About Fred

I am a follower of Jesus, husband and father. I am a son, brother, friend, multi-vocational pastor with Williamsburg Christian Church, TEDx alum, ethnographer, community organizer, published author, founder and president of 3e Restoration Inc, and adjunct professor at Rochester University and Regent University. I received my B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and my Masters of Religious Education in Missional Leadership (MREML) from Rochester University. I am currently working toward my Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology at Northern Seminary.
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2 Responses to One Foot Planted

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Fred, as always. This is so well said. As a psychologist (retired) I also believe that unhealed trauma is the most dangerous force on earth. And we seem to be creating more and more of it every day. As a person of faith (Quaker), I know we must be deeply grounded in the Divine and working in practical, every day ways, to make God’s love manifest among us. Wishing you a joyful Christmas, Thayer Cory
    p.s. Perhaps you already know the wonderful Dave Berry quote that says, “Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.”

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    • Fred says:

      Hi! I’m so grateful you read and respond to these posts. I appreciate your reflections. I didn’t know you were a (retired) psychologist! I think you’d appreciate the book I cited. It’s rich.

      I’m not familiar with the Berry quote but I appreciate the sentiment!


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