….listen deeply to your soul on how you have been shaped to see the world and begin to discern what no longer serves you and that you want to let go of.
Author: Rev. Samaya Oakley
Who Are We Called To Be? I invite you to wrestle with this idea as an over-arching question for the coming church year.
We remind ourselves that Love is the answer. We are “allied” with no one and with nothing but love—the larger Love transcending all our understanding, within which all the different, differing, gorgeously various, variant, beautifully deviant aspects of ourselves are bound together in elegant unity.
I am coming to understand that play allows us all to move into the exuberance of our very being. It rests at the center of our creativity, it moves in our sexuality, and it helps us live in these difficult times. It feeds our joy and our wonder, keeping our search for meaning grounded in the here and now.
We don’t ordinarily pay attention to much of the beauty that surrounds us.
There are times when rage is actually an appropriate emotion to the events that we find ourselves in.
How are we going to keep going through this with the promise of the finish line in mind, but not in sight? It’s here that we’re going to need the fortitude and strength that engaging with our spiritual practices provide.
February is the time when our thoughts turn to love, and how could they not because Valentine’s Day is right in the middle of the month. It’s hard to miss all the heart decorations and chocolate in the grocery stores right now. And as we are approaching one year of living with restrictions from COVID, the question before me right now is, how are we going to love well through this time we are living in?
I’m not sure about you, but for me, when I get stressed and overwhelmed with the state of the world in which we live in, I forget to pay attention. And when I forget to pay attention, I break things and things go wrong more easily than at any other time! Just the week before Christmas, I broke two things where glass shattered all over the kitchen. One break wasn’t that serious, the other was a beautiful bowl gifted to me – a real loss indeed.
This has been a question that I’ve been pondering over the summer. There is just so much happening in the world, I wonder just how we are going to do this – to get through it all! We find ourselves in unprecedented times – we haven’t lived through a pandemic like this for close to 100 years, the western world has not lived through times like this since the end of the Second World War. At the same time, I have to acknowledge that there are those living in the world that live through what we would call unprecedented times as a matter of daily life. Talking with a friend of mine from Bolivia who is in her 50s, she tells me that she’s used to living through
coups, famine, and war and so are many people living around the world. It’s only us in the Western world that are facing this anew.