The world sometimes can feel like a sinking ship: who will offer a lifeboat? When the seas rise up to swallow us, who will offer refuge. In such turbulent moments, there is no “us” and “them;” there is only We, and together we sink or swim. So cast out your life preserver, and the life you save may be your own. For our shared preservation we give thanks. Blesséd Be, and Amen.
For new eyes with which to see blessings where they lie;
For new ears with which to hear the sweet whispering of suffering and joy;
For new hands that hold the power of healing and industry;
For new Us, not unlike the old Us, simply more in tune with Being –
We are grateful for rebirth each day, renewal in breathing, and hope everlasting. Blesséd Be, and Amen.
It has been said that Charity begins at home, and so it is for everything. Forgiveness begins at home as does Respect. Compassion and Companionship begin at home, and likewise do Trust and Encouragement. We must first practice on ourselves that which we would bring to the world. This is the sacred act of Be-ing, the practice of Humanity. Let us be artists of Living and not just along for the ride. We are grateful for intention. Blesséd Be, and Amen.
What’s in a name? We are named at birth; most carry the name for a lifetime, some choose a new name. Some are named for forebearers, others for places or totems. What do we owe to our names? What becomes of our identity when we are denied our names? Let us reflect on our own identities, and how we present ourselves to the world. Let us consider how we are known to each other, and how we recognize one another. Let us avoid a crisis of identity, and let no one steal our identity. We are each of us unique, and that is cause for celebration. For knowing ourselves and each other we give thanks. Blesséd Be, and Amen.
Let’s keep it simple today. Relationships are complex, the world demands so much, global issues are daunting. In the midst of all this is Us, small, seemingly insignificant; and yet We are All. So let us reduce to the most simple common denominator: Love. Love for self, Love for others, Love for Life in all its forms. When we set aside our assumptions and our prejudices, Love becomes Simple, and its Practice is a joy. May we practice Simple Love today and all our days, and love our way into Gratitude. Blesséd Be, and Amen.
Who shall we be today? To what will we dedicate ourselves? Where does our great passion meet the world’s great longing? What is our calling? The answer may be as simple as stepping out the door, walking down the street. It may be walking barefoot in the grass, or removing snow from an elderly neighbor’s walk. We are not always called to do Great Things, only to do all Things Greatly. May we live into our own Greatitude, today and all days. We are greatful, and we are grateful. Blesséd Be, and Amen.
Yesterday’s Gratitude is Today’s Action.
Yesterday’s Mindfulness is Today’s Reverence.
Yesterday’s Generosity is Today’s Grace.
Yesterday…all my troubles seemed so far away…
Life is a cycle, metamorphosing one state into the next. We won’t always be happy, but our suffering will become our joy. We won’t always be grounded, but our instability will become balance. Our prayer today, which we will forget tomorrow, is to endure our fluxing state, that we may blossom into our beauty. We will wither and die a thousand times, only to be reborn with all the promise and potential of our own resurrections. In Gratitude we say Blesséd Be, and Amen.