Enticed by justice, called by truth,
where the Spirit leads, we strive to follow.
In discernment, we have searched our hearts.
We have listened for love’s demands.
Wisdom has revealed it is a time for parting.
No longer can we stay.
We know leaving can be a holy thing.
Like an exodus.
Or a new seed planted.
A chance for new life to grow.
We feel the hope of living our conviction.
We feel the release of letting go.
We acknowledge, too, the sorrow present.
What was once a place of belonging.
Now, a home no longer ours.
We feel the losses, as we remember the gifts we received.
We grieve over all that might have been.
Gently, these feelings intertwine. A multiplicity of truths mingle.
We carry them with us. The sweet and the sharp.
And we turn our attention to new beginnings.
Creating spaces where love can grow unencumbered.
God bless our parting.
God send us with courage.
God lead us in the ways of liberation.