Transcript by Bob Kleinheksel, July 26, 2009
Summer vibrancy fills our days and the fullness of the season invites the stirring and stimulation of our senses: Eyes beholding lilies that explode in beauty; taste buds and mouths salivating and encountering the wonder of cherries, blueberries and watermelon; vacations filled with nature’s wonders and family intimacies; early morning mist over waters and fields still amaze us. May each of us here right now – and for this day – have eyes in love with seeing, ears in love with listening, hearts and hands in love with attending and minds in love with asking and connecting. For there is so much to take in, so much to taste, so much to do and see. Hands to be held, tears to be shared, justice to be served, laughter to be enjoyed.
And, life and work go on in mundane and in stunningly sad ways. The day to day anxieties dog us at times. We feel the weight, burden and grief over the loss of ones loved. The Scheurs, Ackersons, Hammonds, Klingers and Postmas all stand in aftermath days of great loss and sadness…and we would join with them-adding our tears, hopes, gratitude and remembrances to theirs. May we not side-step the joys or grieving, but rather welcome the full-orbed humanity that is part of our wonderful tapestry. May the tenderness and support from friends and family sustain these good families as they gather and grieve.
Today is another day to be spiritual, to be religious, to be human –getting at that wondrous and essential blend of living, becoming, being and relating. For each it is different; for each it is real, truthful and life-giving. Let us celebrate the unique combinations of practices, language and identities that highlight and are cornerstones of our lives. The God language, the common sense language…the day to day or special rituals that may mark our living and understandings. May our language and religion be first hand – that is, chosen, claimed, celebrated in our lives…rather than handed down by others and swallowed in any uncritical fashion. Let our questions, convictions, our wondering, our faith, our doubts be known in fresh and honest ways. May it be so.
Let us with openness, curiosity and commitment claim this community as our own. Let us be attentive to others, giving and receiving with humility and care. May we enjoy it and benefit from it and then share it with others. Let us build upon the comfort we would want for ourselves and others; let us build upon the prophetic provocation and controversy that would create creative dissonance and transformation; let us live, grow and grapple with the heart of life and relating…the mystery and awe of being human and being unflinchingly alive. And may we be and become these things; may we pause and pray, live, love, laugh and gather in honor of ones we love, the heart of Life itself, the god of our understanding and this community on the way.