Barbara Smith is an Adorer of the Blood of Christ. Her ministries have been varied and enriching, including work at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, and parish ministry for 24 years among the Navajo in Crownpoint, New Mexico; there she also served on the board for the Native American Lay Ministry and Diaconate Program. Called first to regional leadership and most recently congregational leadership in Rome, she is currently a member of the Community Life Team at the Ruma Center in Ruma, Illinois.
Living in the timeline of sheltered in place has given us more time to connect with family and community. How will all these experiences of distancing and connection become unforgettable, lived realities when the new normal returns?
It seems that the needle is stuck on indifference, lack of compassion, and an unwillingness to stand up to injustice. But we have prophetic voices calling us to reclaim our responsibility and dignity.
My spirit has not been the same since sharing life among the Navajo people. Their love and appreciation of the harmony of all life has found a home within me.
Gratitude is such a profound gift that too often appears only one day a year, on our U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving. Yet this attitude should permeate each and every day of our lives.