Transcript for October 4, 2009 by Bob Kleinheksel
Everyone here, everyone now – a bundle of energy, a reservoir of possibility, filled with talent and resources to face and respond to all that happens under the sun. We know there is a season for everything – so let’s get used to this in realism and optimism to live well this day. Pleasures and pains, joys and sorrows, successes and failings, wisdom and careless choices – it all happens in this expanding, billions year old universe.
We spotlight the inner wisdom in us all as well as the capacity to be motivated and guided by globally shared wisdom and values that co-join us all in common humanity.
Individuals in community – unity and diversity, variety and commonality both. All are recognized; all are celebrated; all are invited to affirm the self connected to many.
Another day to live, another day to love. Opportunities for us to live and to be lovers! To the visitor and to the one long here – let us extend, and feel, welcome; let us wrap each other and ourselves in positive regard. For just like me, these others near me seek happiness in their lives; just like me, these others are trying to avoid suffering; just like me, these others have known sadness, loneliness and pain; just like me, these others seek to fulfill their own needs; just like me, these others are learning about community, life and love.
The frost has arrived, causing chills and chagrin along with exciting winter anticipations. We welcome autumn, which is full of summer’s blessings and full of seeds all ready for next year. Let the warmth of harvest time and change fill our hearts and homes with golden wisdom; let it be our guest and touch our entire beings. As we tilt away from the sun, we welcome the darkness – for it is inevitable. Let us not fear it, but live in harmony with all it brings. We know spring is seeded in this season of completion, just as the giant oak exists within the acorn. So let the geese fly; let the leaves flutter down, colored, browned or wrinkled, with no cries of anguish . . . , for even the leaves would have their memories of summer sun; let the squirrel’s smorgasbord buffet and sustenance of acorns buffet our homes and landscapes. Let it be brisk and let the wind be the dance master of all that blows about. And as the dark afternoons and evenings quickly come, let us hunker in when the time is right . . . for soft exchanges, cheeks encountering cheeks, hands clasped in other hands, stories read to children, a much enjoyed cocktail shared between lovers – and in our own way, toast each other, toast life, toast change and a new season.
May we be granted the gift of conversion, being born again and growing up into this feast of Autumn – where we and summer are unmasked and when all is revealed – from boney branches to our new challenges, a few more gray hairs, a bit more limitation, a bit more wisdom to mark and guide our way. In our care and awareness, let us continue to serve all those who would benefit from a smile, a meal delivered, a card sent or utility assistance. In all, through all, we say, “Here we are, in our thoughts, words and actions; we give and bring love, patience, tears, laughter and wide-eyed wonder for all and who we encounter. Amen.