The Comeback

Whales know about border crossings.

For a long time the humpback whales stayed away from the northern border of the great blue sea.

Too many humans with too many cages.

So the whales spread the word, communicating with echolocation, that certain parts of the border were unsafe for migration.

The whales disappeared.

Until one day the humans decided that a sea without whales was no sea at all and that a world with whales in cages was no world at all.

The humans passed laws protecting the migration rights of the whales.

Then, after many seasons, the whales came back to the northern border of the sea.

I saw them safely return to the sea with my own eyes, the white and black whale tails waving, like flags of peace for the world to see.

I wonder what we can learn from the migration of whales and their comeback journey to flourishing in peaceful seas.

I wonder about migrating families and children in cages at our borders.

Someday they, too, will make a comeback because that is the will of nature: to be free and to flourish, to migrate and to cross borders.

~Puget Sound, British Columbia, July, 26, 2019

Published by Sarah Griffith Lund

Leader, preacher and author of *Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Church and Family*

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