What a month it has been! I am looking forward to being with our Unity community again on Sunday to give and receive all those great hugs! It is a joy to be part of such a loving community!!
My topic this week is Hope. The last few years we have been celebrating the four weeks before Christmas by following a series of traditional Advent themes, the first of these being Hope.
The Chinese have a saying, “If you keep a green bough in your heart, surely the singing bird will come.”
Emily Dickinson wrote that “hope inspires the good to reveal itself.”
Please join me to reflect on the ways we can keep a green bough in our heart…
I love and gratitude,
It was good to be gone.
It is good to be back.
Everywhere you go, God is…This week She spoke to me through the worn toothless face of an old barefoot Mayan woman who burst into infectious laughter at every possible moment.
When we left the U.S. last week, TV’s in the airport were blaring with tumultuous election results and reactions. When we arrived back a week later, the same TV’s were in a continued state of frenzy, almost as if we had never been gone.
But in between, Dona Rosalita laughed. Her life has been filled with more pain than I can ever imagine; she has experienced more tumult and loss than it seems possible for one tiny human to endure. And yet she laughs and laughs. And in her laughter, I hear God.
Wherever we, God is. And all is well.
This Sunday, I will be celebrating my mother’s birthday in Arizona and Mary Carraher will be sharing some helpful and timely wisdom, “Managing Worry and Fear in a Changing World.” The talk grew out of a conversation began at the last Unity retreat, long before the election results were known.
We all deal with worry in our lives. Worry tends to be based on our fears. This talk will allow us to share some ideas about coping with worry. When does it have a useful purpose and when does it just wear us down? Johnsmith will be present also at both services to lift everyone’s hearts with his beautiful music!
In the midst of it all, I hope you can hear the echos of Dona Rosalita laughing, and feel the soft whispers of angel wings hovering over you, and feel the groaning efforts of the whole Universe conspiring for the good of all – and again may you know the truth:
Where you are, God is.
And All is well.
Quote for reflection: “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom
When you read this, Mike Hawes and I will be in a remote, off-grid village in Guatemala, working on our Unity of Ft Collins partnership with the village of La Bendición. We have taken several suitcases of books with which to begin the new community library! When we come back, we will be able to share many more details about the project plans for the larger service trip Unity folks will take at the end of May 2017. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.
When you read this, I imagine that we will have elected a new President. I know that many, many people are doing their part to help heal the hurt that has happened throughout this election. Our Unity is continuing to hold calm, loving space, as we seek to move beyond “winner and losers,” “us and them,” and help create a consciousness that works toward the highest good of all.
This Sunday, prepare to be delighted with our guest speaker, Dennis Warner, who will speak on “How We’re More Alike Than We Are Different.” The talk affirms our connected-ness around the world like beautiful beads on a necklace and includes an entertaining PowerPoint presentation of how his book and song Beads on One String came about. Dennis has done workshops around the country on this topic, as well as speaking at many Unity churches.
Somos el barco, somos el mar.
Yo navego en ti, Tú navegas en mi.
PS – While I am gone this week, Lynn Kendall will be available and on-call for any spiritual emergencies: 970-493-3192.
Hasn’t this been the most incredible, beautiful autumn ever? The snow-lovers among us might be getting a bit antsy, but for the warm-blooded ones, it’s as if the winter spirits have had mercy on us, extending the warm days and allowing the leaves to change so gradually that we have time to drink in the colors.
Speaking of mercy, what a great topic for Sunday! It’s an interesting word. One dictionary defines it as “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.”
It’s a word used in every spiritual tradition that I know anything about, both in describing a merciful Higher Power and in calling people to practice mercy. I invite you to reflect on what mercy means to you and whether it is something you consciously practice in your life, and if so, how?
To paraphrase Shakespeare:
The quality of mercy is not strained.
It drops as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesses the one that gives and the one that takes.
Love and Beauty and Autumn Blessings to you,