Sunday Message – September 24, 2017

Led (and piano’d) by Professor Alastair.

Hail and good morning this day in the Light. Happy Autumn to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. We give thanks for the turn of seasons, the burgeoning of summer into harvest. We remember that “to everything there is a time,” and autumn has a way of reminding us of the passage and beauty of time.

It always been my favorite season, perhaps in part because it is bittersweet– the colors I wait a year to see will last but days; the flaming reds and smoldering golds will soon enough be scattered ash to winter’s winds. Autumn reminds us of the inherent need to let go, and allow things to pass. Time changes all of us. A year from now, no one will be the same person they are today. The passage of time is natural and inescapable. To survive, we must continually let go; shed like leaves the things no longer necessary on the tree of our life, things that hold us back, thoughts and behaviors that are no longer useful. Sometimes this isn’t easy. Habits are hard to break, thoughts hard to eradicate, situations hard to escape, and people hard to walk away from– sometimes I believe that is why autumn has such color: letting go, shedding our Darkness to find the strength to let go, is often a fiery process, both in our souls and in the outside world. But there is beauty in the fire, the resurrection from the ash, as there can be beauty in pain, transformation and survival.

Autumn, for me, has always been a time of stories. The longer nights, the crisper air, and glassy transparency of the sky seem to beg for words, memories, and dreams. I have confessed more to the autumn wind than I’ve ever spoken to another soul, and perhaps it should be that way. We each find God in our own ways, and no two of us will relate to God in the same way. As you reflect this season, I hope you find the hidden threads of the Light in your story– they are there, I promise. Each of us is a leaf on the Tree of Life, and for as long as we breathe, we remain connected to the Light, the source of all Life. The fact you have survived this long is a testament to the strength of your will and the need the Light has for you.

We are all only here temporarily– seasons will change, we will know love and loss, delight and grief. No one can change as fast as Life does, but we can choose to follow it, to keep our eyes open, to fashion ourselves as the best we can be for the world around us now. Let us then be open to change, find joy in the colorful splendor of time, beauty in the ephemeral seasons of life, and rise like fire to meet each day that is given to us.

Amen and Namaste.

Sunday Message – August 27, 2017

Led (and piano’d) by Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and peace to you this day in the Light. We give thanks for the small mercies and blessings in our lives, and the glimpses of beauty and kindness, which remind us of the Light’s presence. In times of division, it is important to remember we are all part of the same tapestry of life; children of the same creative being, regardless of what name or story you choose to ascribe to it. From the same Maker’s hands, from the same Light, taking part in the same glorious expanse of Life, we are each connected to the other, and everything else.

The noise of the angry world makes it easy to lose sight of these connections, but without them, it is difficult to trust anyone, and more difficult still to make peace. It is to the Darkness’s favor to have us squabbling amongst ourselves over things, each so convinced we are right, everyone has forgotten how to listen.

I believe silence is an integral part of life. Without it, you’ll go mad with the noise of living. It is in the silence that we are able to hear God, and hear others. Without pausing to listen we will lose sight of the inherent connection we have with the world around us, and our ability to make peace with those who are different from us. If we do not take the time to listen, observe, and understand, we will be lost in the chaos ourselves.

Being silent requires a dash humility, for it allows as how one does not already have all the information. Every person in the world knows something you don’t. We are both teachers and students in our time here, crossing paths with others who give us opportunities to share ideas and learn something new– things we cannot do successfully if we close ourselves off to the rest of the world.

Let us look, then, with wonder on the world around us, and not with fear. The Light is with us, and we were made to be part of this grand scene of creation. Though there is rage aplenty, let us walk with peace, and offer an open hand to the clenched fist. Let us be the first to offer silence, a chance to listen and learn, a refuge from the noise. Let us show our strength by the depth of our love, the force of our kindness, and the peaceful endurance of our hope.

Amen and namaste.