In the world of Goddesses, Yemaja is the Goddess of
the Sea. The Yoruban and other cultures who worship Her
call her Mama Watta. She is a mother Goddess, to whom
people pray for healing and renewal. She is the creative
power of all that is. On the New Year, in Brazil, women
bring offerings to Her and send them out to sea in tiny
boats, hoping to win Her favor.
In the past couple of weeks I have prayed to
understand why the Mother Ocean would erupt onto the
shores with such violence and take so many of her
children back home. There were so many souls leaving
this planet at one time; there were so many humans left
standing on the shore bereft, having had their children,
loved ones, friends, homes, ripped from them. It seems
so unreal and surreal.
How could this happen? This is the question many of
us ponder from a spiritual perspective.
Personally, I don't believe that we humans are
punished by the Divine. But I do believe we are offered
lessons. I can't begin to imagine what this lesson could
be all about. My heart aches too much to be able to
truly tap into a spiritual view. Certainly I have no
In her article on beliefnet.com, The Planets and Stars of
Y2K5, my friend Shelley Ackerman wrote: "Will the
current climate of polarization dissolve and give way to
cooperation, wholeness and harmony in the New Year? In
light of the world wide relief effort now under way in
Indonesia and the Pacific Rim, Mother Nature's wrath has
made certain it does."
Made sense. As we watch the story unfold we are
seeing mass cooperation of nations, religions, peoples.
Insurgents in one region are working with authorities.
Individual people are reaching out to others. People who
have lost family members are forming new families with
others who have lost their loved ones. A spotlight is
being placed on issues that much of the world has been
able to look away from in before, such as the kidnapping
of children to be sold into slavery or sex work, and the
sheer poverty of the people. A time like this forces
people to work together in a way that they may not have
been able to, or never wanted to, before. And if forces
us to grapple with realities we don't often think much
about in daily life. At the very least we are shown that
we can come together to try to help heal the world.
This healing will take a lot of help and a lot of
time. President Bill Clinton, speaking on Larry King
Live the other night, had a great idea to have a panel
with religious leaders of all faiths to come on and talk
about how their faiths deal with tragic events. This is
a concept my husband has been talking about for years.
We'd probably all learn a lot, and maybe even be
surprised at how similar each faith is when it comes to
We find ourselves at another time in history that
will define all history to come. Just as life seemed
split into the eras "before 9-11" and
"after 9-11" we will find ourselves defining
yet the newer era, "before the tsunami" and
"after the tsunami."
Maybe this is a time to reflect on life as it was,
before the tsunami, and make some choices about how we
want to be in this next part of life. Perhaps we have to
factor in the fact that we cannot always control a
crisis, but we have a choice about how we react to it.
This year started off with a global challenge of such
huge proportions that is forcing our world to work in
cooperation for the good of all - regardless of
religion, politics, belief system. Let us hope that from
tragedy will come some good.
© Copyright 2005 Rev. Laurie Sue
Brockway. All Rights Reserved.
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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is
an interfaith minister who is often called upon to
teach, speak and write about women’s spirituality and
The Feminine Faces of God. She is author of, A GODDESS
IS A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND: A DIVINE GUIDE TO FINDING
LOVE, SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS, from Perigee Books,
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