With the passing of Leonard Cohen and the surge of discussions on-line about the brokenness of humanity, I remind myself and thank Leonard, that “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in” from Anthem (click to listen to youtube video).
In an older blog by Christopher Page at In A Spacious Place, he summarizes this stage we are in with the best of words:
In the voice of the Divine, Cohen encourages his audience “to gather up the brokenness/ Bring it to me now / The fragrance of those promises / You never dared to vow…” Cohen “wants to write a love song/ An anthem of forgiving / A manual for living with defeat.”
Most of all, Cohen seems buoyed by his vision of the enduring power of love. In his beautiful prayer “Amen” he pleads, “Tell me again when I’ve seen through the horror / Tell me again tell me over and over / Tell me that you’ll love me then / Amen.”
In front of 6,000 people an old man sings for three and a half hours about his trust in a love that can never be defeated. He pledges his trust in an unseen power that never dies, never goes away, and can never fail.
Perhaps art, song and poetry can invite us into a deeper spiritual experience, where we can sense the “the possibility of light reborn in the darkness… the human community perhaps capable of a little more tenderness,” Christopher continues. “These are the times when I can bring the broken shards of my being, and be pointed towards a healing presence that transcends the twisted pain of so much of life.”
There must be light in the darkness, “life-giving ways for ‘living with defeat.’”
This below, helps visualize what this can look like and how to appreciate the brokenness. There are many ways that beauty can enter, and acceptance of ‘broken’ is one powerful way.