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The signs of Spring are everywhere… Lent has begun, Daylight Savings Time is back (that was quick), and the Spring equinox is imminent.
Memorial services in progressive communities are often in need of new words to express the emotions surrounding death. The comfort of the 23rd Psalm is pretty universal, but after that it varies widely.
Observance of Ash Wednesday in progressive communities marks the beginning of a time of introspection and turning back to our connection with the Sacred.
Tell the old story with new words, sing the old song with new meaning, find a new interpretation of the old metaphor… We are comforted by our traditions even as we refuse to be bound by them.
To be out in nature, re-confirming our connection to that which we did not make, is a form of worship for many people.
In the traditional story of the Transfiguration, three disciples go with Jesus to the top of a mountain where they see a vision. Moses and Elijah appear and talk with Jesus, who appears radiant.
“Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.” (Isaac Watts)
We make a new beginning every morning, indeed in every moment, but there is something about the yearly start in January that captures the imagination.
All wisdom traditions understand what it means to speak from the heart. But with the veneration of science and technology that exists today, it is increasingly difficult to hear one’s heart-voice.
The milestones in our lives — births and baptisms, marriages, funerals and life celebrations — need new words to fit our new understandings.
The story of the visit of the three wise men from the East has inspired countless retellings.
Every birth is a miracle. The Christmas story gives us a chance to relive, to re-experience that miracle every year.
Humans are story-tellers. It’s how we remember important things.
Light in the darkness. In every culture, in every religion, in every wisdom tradition, light is a metaphor for knowledge, sight, understanding, consciousness, awakening, birth and rebirth.
Can it be Advent again, already? I’m not ready… But then, are we ever “ready” for Advent? Perhaps that’s the point: Advent is the time to get ready.
Praise and gratitude go hand-in-hand. Both are a natural response to our recognition that, as the old saying goes, “God is God. You are not.”
Transition into a time of worship can take many forms: a quiet moment of deep breathing and centering, a poem, a responsive invocation, gathering music…
We can be opposed to war in principle, and opposed to war in all its ugly specificities, and still express our gratitude and love for those who fight on our behalf.
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