Transcript for June 7, 2009 By Bob Kleinheksel
Dazzling now are the days with full life – times to be out of doors and walls. May the shaman summer’s healing touch fully warm us and encourage us to live fully in this season of vibrant newness. May we be drawn out a bit more to touch base with neighbors, to tend to gardens with dirt beneath fingernails; to jump through a sprinkler spray; to ride bikes or to walk with true air conditioned comfort. We notice the dissonance between the longing for leisure and the head telling us, “It’s time to work.” Ah, the dance between being responsible and achieving and then letting go to reclaim the echoes of childhood play and carefree spirit.
The Spirit of Life, God of many understandings – calls us to be in communion with one another; to be connected and grounded in community. May all feel validated here, loved, and respected. May all feel welcomed, encouraged to be themselves and then inspired to face this world with a renewal of the mind and fresh conviction to be and live the change needed in this world.
We are individuals and community on the way – evolving, growing in life pangs through change, vision and possibility. Experiencing and handling trust and caution as we move along together. On this day of becoming more human and one, we invite a spirit of trust more fully into our lives. We take baby steps in trusting ourselves; we awaken to the elements and attitudes that usher in needed hope that we indeed are capable, resourceful; that we are instilled with an evolutionary tendency toward change and growth – to increase and adapt in competence and character that adds to life and to love. Can I trust myself? Am I doing what I say I am going to do? Are my words and actions congruent? Am I consistent with a track record I and others can see and trust? May trust emerge between people, in community, between leaders and parishioners – of all gathered. May trust flicker and flair and become more prominent as we continue to make our way in relationships, in this church community.
We are grateful for students – graduating and celebrating achievement. May they flourish in new beginnings and next chapters in life. We forget not the joys, pains, losses, births and deaths all around. May we respond in compassion, mutual excitement, tears, laughter, prudence and abandonment with our fellow ones hurting and feeling deeply – demonstrating fuller humanity to the world’s stage. Chemo and cancer, Hospice and hope, dying and dignity, birth and beauty, graduating and graced…..it all happens. Will we awaken for Life’s sake, for each other? Awaken and smile, hold and challenge, give and allow; forgive and let go? Let us trust each other in our frailties and faults, in our great capabilities and care. Amen.