Transcript for July 5, 2009 By Bob Kleinheksel
The summer morning and beauty call us out again to awaken, to be alive; to value what has been and to imagine what may be. Dynamic is our world and the patterns of our lives. Am I, are we, more human, more alive than we were yesterday? Are the values of simplicity, service and creative salvation demonstrated in the daily – in parenting, in work places, while relaxing, managing our homes and families? May it be so on this holiday weekend and on into the deepening summer. Just as the lilies explode in pink, yellow and orange splendor, may we continue to bloom daily into our lives and relationships in new and vital ways. So much to enjoy, so much to improve, so much to take on and to let go.
Have we experienced divine presence and love while being alone? Have we experienced fun and kinship, laughter and bawdiness while gathering with others as the flash and flair of fireworks fills the skies? Were we conscious of national heritage, tribal identities, cynical sentiments or deepening pride in country, tradition and land? May it all have been felt – even if it lingered passively within our beings in the recesses of our thoughts.
We include and enjoy the celebrations of independence; we resist the rhetoric and propaganda on all levels of leadership and government; we value with pride and humility what it means to be a citizen of these states united; we bring our discontentments for the way things are with disparities, injustices, discriminations and corruptions. What a blend of feelings, attitudes, apathy and resistance. Each here possessing the capacity to oppress; each here possessing the highest ability to liberate and serve.
As we celebrate national history and the spirit of freedom and interdependence, we honor our fellow humans along life’s way. Those celebrating anniversaries, with their love, in long-established relationships. We remember those who have experienced the loss of one loved . . . a husband, wife or friend; we think of those undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, those living with cancer, those facing their own earthly end. We lift up the caregivers, those selfless ones sacrificing time, energy and individual aims to support others in critical times. We remember the refugees in our midst, those making new beginnings in a strange land. The Mishra families we honor, welcome, include and love. So many experiencing everything human – the heights and the depths, the elation and the discouragement, the deep seeded anger and the pervasive optimism changing the world.
So Happy Holidays once again to us all. May firework’s cacophony continue to reverberate in our minds and spirits as we move into the rest of summer. May active hands and the spirit of freedom and commitment be known and felt in our lives and in the lives of those we care for in this week ahead. May the freedom and reality of divine presence in us all, a Christ-like compassion, and the depth of our humanity guide us, inspire us, call us out. And may we be compelled, even more, to be in this world; to face it, free it, enjoy it, without conforming to what diminishes, demeans and destroys it. Amen.