Transcript by Bob Kleinheksel, May 10, 2009
Beautiful are the days; awe-inspiring this season of exploding growth and color. We reverence the God of our varied understandings and reside in the wonder and mystery of it all. God of Spring, God as love…as life itself. God known in resurrection. May the spring that has come more fully into view emerge within us so we would be a gift of life, light and newness to those we meet.
The earth’s dreariness has been transfigured. Soon green clouds will be all around and above us. Have we noticed the artistic splendor of the forsythia? Have we paused to take in the ornamental pear and cherry trees with their flowers on limb and stem? They’re amazing! May it all green our hearts with hope and encouragement to live fully.
In spring’s encore performance, we pause to regard mothers. From water and womb we came into life, breathing our first gasping breaths. While we know we are children of the cosmos, stardust through and through, we wonder of and celebrate our earthly source and the feminine life-force that runs pervasively through all things, all people. How can we not behold our mothers with awe and respect and the incomparable birthing that has taken place? Whether with us or departed, we pause to remember our mothers; we lift up their wisdom and misjudgments; we remember their gifts to us; we think of the pain they endured, the sustenance they gave and give; we celebrate their sacrifice and love. We remember their patience and anger and their full humanity. Moms, mommy, madre, mumsy….Here’s to you, mom. Thank you for all you have been and done. We extend our respect to you and our great thanks for all you have birthed into motion. In silence now, we join with ancient and divine wisdom known so beautifully and intimately in women here and everywhere…..
And now we reside in these moments: restless, content, distracted and dozing. What a community this is! So varied and dynamic, so strong and yet hurting. There are those here who live hidden lives; others in silent desperation or on the verge of tears; still others enlivened and uplifted. Those enduring the agony, loss and hopes chemo brings on; those grieving the loss of a friend or family member. Relationships are changing, children are being adopted, a man or woman comes out of the closet, many in significant transitions with life, work, health. Some hear looking to be touched or hugged because it does not happen anywhere else.
Let us not leave this place without really looking at someone eye to eye, mind to mind, body to body in embrace. Life is too short for the un-noticing. May this community move through times of joy and challenge with and for each other this day and as this spring goads us into a fuller and fresher humanity. Here’s to spring! Here’s to Life! Here’s to Mothers everywhere! Amen.