A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)
walk of love
The Easter story as a love story? I believe it is a story of love, every step of the way.
Sure it’s also about hope, perseverance, faith, resurrection, and life after death. But every step of the way it’s about Jesus encountering the trials and tribulations, pain, grief and periodic agony of being human… sentiments we are all unfortunately too familiar with, especially lately. Jesus transcends these circumstances. And, in spite of it all, he responds with love;, again, and again, and again.
“Thank you sir may I have another.”
This day- Monday of Holy Week- Jesus and his disciples make there way to Jerusalem where long the way, Jesus curses a fig tree and turns the money changers’ tables upside down in the temple. I appreciate these stories, rich with symbolism, but more importantly to me, they show us that sometimes the best way is to love is to have expectations and boundaries, and also to speak the truth, in the name of love- as strongly as is needed in order to get the point across. The idea that being a good Christian means putting on a false front of sweetness, rather than being accountable and responsible is about as big an example of using the lord’s name in vein as I can think of.
We are all inextricably linked to one another. And, we each have a purpose on this planet, a way that we can give and receive love, and serve God. Cursing the fig tree for not bearing fruit was a ‘pre-cursor’ to the scene at the temple where Jesus overturned tables set up there, angry because a place of peace and prayer was being exploited for profit. And what exactly is the responsibility of a fig tree? Well, perhaps to hungry travelers to provide sweet fruit as nourishment. Or perhaps to just be the spiritual symbol of abundance that it has been throughout history and in many faith traditions.
Respect and love of God, love of man, and love as our true nature- despite our circumstances. These are the lessons Jesus walked this day, and always. In what small way can you walk this way today?
“We can talk about love and write a thousand books about it, but love will be completely different for each of us because we have to experience love. Love is not about concepts; love is about action. Love in action can only produce happiness. Fear in action can only produce suffering.
The only way to master love is to practice love. You don’t need to justify your love, you don’t need to explain your love; you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master. “
~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Mastery of Love
“I hope you recognize love as the most powerful force for personal change and for changing the world around us. Yes we live in scary times. Yes, people are hurting. Yes, people are hurting one another. But anger is not the key; revenge is not the answer. The way of love- the love and power of God- is the key to our hope and our future.
The message of God is very simple. Love one another. Take care of one another. Take care of creation. And while you’re at it, love me- love God. Do that and you will find your way.”
~ Bishop Michael Curry, The Power of Love
Kundalini Yoga Closing Prayer:
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