Transcript for October 18, 2009 by Bob Kleinheksel
We experience and release our thoughts, prayers, meditations and hopes in this time. What a glorious season with orange, yellow and red as our sunlight pouring through the stained glass windows of trees. It is indeed a cosmic temple that celebrates the feast of autumn. We are ready for wrinkled and colored leaves to circle-turn before earth’s altar; whirling around like brown robed monks, lost in the ecstasy of the divine in all people and things. From dust to dust we chant again as all things become crumbled and crushed. We, too, return as fertile soil some day, giving new life to generations to come. Ah, the cycle continues: life, consciousness, ending, rebirth, new soil as earth’s dark flesh. Humbly we consider these things, for we are human, humus – of the earth, from and to the earth. And we would fear it not.
In the context of community, we claim our place, voice and presence and commit to our support. Let us forge and gift this community so that it is even more life-giving and liberating; for much is at stake with our thoughts, beliefs, values, behaviors and attitudes. The extent to which we include or exclude, love or are indifferent, embrace without condition or shun through judgments is up to us. Let this be a community of clarity, humble and exciting identity, owned and supported by the likes of us. May this place be a source of comfort, challenge, connections, new life; a place valuing heritage and blazing new tracks in the land of the untried.
May we learn the virtues of contentment and the enthusiasm of forging ahead. Like autumn, with retirement, full barns and harvested fields; let us take stock with what has been and what has been accomplished, to be at home with ourselves in this ever-restless society. Let us celebrate what has been given and received – to know it is enough, that our strivings can cease and we can abide in abundance. May our contentments allow the totality of our energies to come to full bloom so that all would benefit.
And in our contentment and satisfactions, let us not lose the power of vision and new becoming. May our giftedness, unique understandings of membership, the thirst for justice, and our excitement for what is to come compel us to even greater realities and experiences: Ones of growth, learning, comfort; so too of dissonance, the hard work of peace and intimate and human encounters that set free and spur us to deeper and more mindful living.
So on into the hour and day. May our re-memberment include reaching out to all those in need and without hope. May our common-sense life commitments include care for our neighbors near and far, whether it be Pakistan or Palestine or Plainwell, our generosity to causes, kids and community. Let us be with and for one another – as beautiful individuals joined with each other along life’s way. And as we look outside to blowing leaves over fields and fences, let us not consider it a death rattle, but rather a lullaby softly swaying upon autumn winds. Let us be encouraged for the living of this day and embrace the chances to live and love!