Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.
Out running in the cold winter air, most of my body was warm, but my fingers were cold. Riding my bike, it's my forehead that suffers. But they're all a part of me. And while I deal with the winter cold I think of you who are in Australia, who have been living through this awful summer heat. We're at different extremes, but we're all part of the same planet. While we in the US celebrate the inauguration of our elected president, others suffer tyranny and repression. But we're all part of the same humanity.
Paul says we're all parts of one body. Somehow, even without our knowing, when one suffers we all suffer. When one rejoices we all rejoice. Our sadness and gladness mingle together into one joy. In prayer we enter a deeper consciousness, even if it's beyond our knowing: the reality that we belong, that we are all one living being. We enter into the suffering, and the joy, of the world. We become one with all our body. Our joy is there for others, and our pain is not ours alone. We receive the gift of their happiness, and help them bear the weight of their sorrows. Our souls are woven with theirs. In this way, even sitting in our room in silence, by the mystery of God's grace in us, we become part of the mending of the world.
Receive us, Holy One. Hold us in the mystery of your one love. Your compassion flows through us to all living beings, with whom we share one life. We give thanks.
Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve ______________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net
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