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  • Last night, after seeing the initial reporting of the violence in Paris, I had an unexpected and provocative dream.

    A man asked me, "Would you be willing to sing a song with me?

    "Yes," I said.

    Then he sang his song to me. It was beautiful, poignant, enchanting.

    I told him that I loved his song and would be honored to sing it with him.

    He said, "No. That's not enough. Ours are different songs. Each has different chords and different words. Our songs are so different that we might assume they might not harmonize. However, I promise you, your song blends in harmony with mine. And when we sing our songs together, the combination constitutes a blessed and holy enchantment."

    So I practiced. And practiced. I devoted myself to learning to sing the song he asked me to sing. On faith.

    And then it was time for us to sing.

    Alchemically, singing our different songs together constituted a spell, an enchantment that completely overwhelmed 'the enemy.'

    At that moment, I woke up. Or sort of, at least. I wasn't really awake but I also I wasn't sleeping in the way I had been moments earlier.

    As I reflected on the dream in my half-awake, half-dream state, I wondered about 'the enemy' and what might happen if 'the enemy' experienced the enchantment of our different and harmonized songs.


    [Photo by Barbara, Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, November 2014]
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