Please enjoy this wonderful reflection from Chandra Manning, a participant in The Women’s Table Mother’s Circle.
Circle of Mercy, Circle of Love
In The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd writes, “The world will give you that once in awhile, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.”
When I first read those lines, I was on Day 3 of bedrest at the 25th week of pregnancy with my first child, which was about when any restfulness in “bedrest” gave way to worry and stir-craziness. Mercifully, the bedrest order was lifted after a couple of weeks. Now that the “baby” I was awaiting at the time is eleven years old (!!) and has a seven-year-old brother who, like him, lives life on the autism spectrum, the passage captures something important about the Mother’s Circle hosted by the Women’s Table every month. (Download complete reflection below)