Six years on from the devastating earthquake in my home city of Christchurch it was so very special to spend the evening prior to the anniversary in the care of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band who performed in Christchurch.
I enjoyed the whole three hour experience – the energy, the big-heartedness, the brokenness and the joyfulness of all that was offered.
But in particular I (along with the other 30,000 people it seemed) was moved to the core by his rendition of My City In Ruins. The opportunity for collective lament in a sensitive ten-minute long rendition of the song was hugely helpful. To be carefully lifted from lament to hope with the words ‘Come on, rise up, rise up’ was healing in the sense of being able to recognise from this distance that a rising had indeed taken place. Slowly but surely a foothold in the future has emerged, for the city, for the majority of its people, and for me in my work and my other modes of life. We have been held.
It was great to be invited into the kind of space where I could traverse the journey. I hadn’t expected to be moved so deeply. Thanks Bruce! Thanks for the genuineness of your empathy and care.