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Bob Kleinheksel
Bob is an ordained United Church of Christ minister with a Masters of Social Work degree. He conducts counseling sessions with individuals, couples, and families about sexual orientation, life changes, and ideas about faith, religion, and spirituality.

Meditation for Community

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Transcript for September 20, 2009 by Bob Kleinheksel It is our prayer, it is our meditation, it is our wondering, doubting, dozing, committing and being that are marked by freedom and the creative movement as seen in waters moving from shore to shore. The mental and emotional sands shift within and between us. With this […]

Meditation for Community

Transcript for September 20, 2009 by Bob Kleinheksel

It is our prayer, it is our meditation, it is our wondering, doubting, dozing, committing and being that are marked by freedom and the creative movement as seen in waters moving from shore to shore. The mental and emotional sands shift within and between us. With this demonstration of the dynamic nature of our lives and the universe, let us be at ease now, at least partially disconnected from cares and nagging anxieties that would rob us of life and leave us less than fully awake.

We join together as a community on the way and in the meantime. We acknowledge where we have been and that every encounter has helped shape the now and being of our lives. Every lesson has been presented and we more openly embrace the opportunities of growth from our remembrances and past. We honor where we are; with habits and tendencies, with foible and giftedness, and we commit to looking keenly at each other so that we would miss nothing. Let eyes meet, let smiles and kisses be exchanged; let the tenderness and fire of passion well up between us; may life be shared intimately and respectfully now. And in this present moment, we affirm that we will be different in a second, in a minute, in a year… and all will be good and as it should be.

We contemplate in planning and prudence what will be – the emerging now which inevitably leads us forward in the march of time. A month from now, a year from now – a decade from now. In humility we approach these possibilities, for in an instant all could be moot and cut short. Let us imagine the possibilities emerging into probabilities with our care, compassion and zeal for life. Let it all happen beyond the disease of our grandiosities, beyond the calendars of busy importance.

As individuals and as community, we remember those under Hospice Care – those whose earthly life ebbs away with loving family members close by. Let them know tenderness and gentleness and honesty through important presence and exchange. Let us listen cup-eared and see through squinting eyes the crying child; the hunger in all people; the fears of those near and far; the anger of those oppressed because of gender, sexual orientation or race; the beaten spirits and smoldering resentments of exploited people everywhere. As individuals and community, we move beyond our limping ambivalence and safe neutrality toward greater compassion, involvement and enjoyment of this world.

We let things happen, we make things happen. And still the universe is unfolding as it will. It is our prayer, it is our meditation, it is our wondering, doubting, dozing, committing and being that reverberates on and on into eternity. We venerate sages and saints and the God of our many understandings beyond us; we honor the capacities and resources possessed deep within us, we celebrate the experiences and love between us for the rest of our days. Amen.

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One Response to “Meditation for Community”

  1. carla jackson
    September 26, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    how beautiful, how insightful, how liberating, and how comforting –

    amen, amen and amen…

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