Transcript by Bob Kleinheksel, May 3, 2009
Spring in all its beauty and color has arrived. Emerging tree buds, the hosta bursting forth in young green shoots; Tulips and daffodils grace gardens and streets. And, the firestorms of creation and birth continue, mostly beyond our knowing and consciousness. Chaos and creation as dancing partners form new cells and stars, islands and imagination, galaxies and green reality. This same fire from the beginning of time yields new life in us and stirs us to become more than who we are.
We affirm that we come from the stuff of life, the soil for growth, the organic, the grit that sustains all. All of us really are as old as dirt! We affirm that we return to the dust and dirt and continue on in a million other expressions for all time. In the meantime, let us commune well with all that is – the people and places, the dirt, air, water and fire of life. Let our connections be reborn again so that this intimate web across the planet breathes a sigh of relief.
Each one gathered here now – a work of art. Beautiful, unique, quirky, fallible and flawed – yet infinite in talent, possibilities and resourcefulness. May each one here feel welcome and valued, honored and respected. Each adding to the collective; each bringing their quest and question, the confirmations and clarity for living and loving.
Each individual belongs to family in one form or another. May these family networks kindle new sparks of connection, of love and loyalty – for this familial web is strong and a source of great encouragement. May each family system here represented, whether estranged, enmeshed or balanced, be given a boost of life-giving energy; be given over to honesty, tenderness, memories shared and hopes renewed.
These families comprise our communities and cities May this community and that of the Tri-Cities benefit from a rising consciousness and intentionality within our families. Families who care, who give, who provide hospitality, that look beyond themselves for the greater good. Families making up the village of common humanity beyond conventions and proprieties, the stiff and stifling boundaries unnecessarily dividing us. Amen to a maturing community with families unbound and free.
And then the nations: What do we say of them? May our national fervor include a widening posture toward the good of all people everywhere. May any unbridled patriotism turn to balanced pride and critique; may any tribal or isolated element turn to opening arms and minds to the alien in our midst and to the blurring boundaries of our interconnected and expanding world. May it be so that these United States stand united with the world and with all that would be fairer, healthier, greener and sustainable.
From one to the many, from family to nation, we stand in awe of all we do not yet know…yet filled and enriched by all that is known. We lift up all individuals and this community filled with hopes, needs, loss, grief, excitement, orientations, health, dis-ease and all that is human. We remember. Let us go from this place respecting those around; let us go affirming each’s notions and allegiance to the divine within, between and beyond. Let us as a people and nation walk gently upon the face of this good earth. Amen.