Transcript for September 6, 2009 by Bob Kleinheksel
Ah, a community of people and pets! So unique, animals and people; each separate one from the next; yet, so united and bonded together in love and loyalties. All of us here, with skin and fur – and even feathers – the majesty, beauty and variety of the universe in the making. We celebrate our common and shared stories in our brief flash of life upon this circling sphere. We honor all beings, all creatures, the personalities, particularities and popularity of pets this day! We gather in gratitude and grace; we join in the peace and harmony of our world and commit again this day to a renewal of love – that it be demonstrated in gentleness, laughter, patience, encouragement, comfort, tears and peace. It begins with each of us.
The late summer days alert us to beautiful change once again. Ducks snapping at flies on mist-covered waters; the heron bobbing along the sand; the kingfisher cackling high above, occasionally diving toward prey beneath the water’s surface. Each of us a witness to the drama and beauty of nature; each of us observing dynamic synergy and change. High in the tree-tops, the leaves are even changing. Some of us welcome this emergence of color; others can hardly believe it and cry foul! Let the change of our environment draw us toward humbler recognition of change within us. We are becoming; we are growing; we are manifesting the universe and God and Life in new ways every day. How awesome is that.
As September dawns, preceding the excitement and challenges of another program year, we pause now to consider the values driving us, waking us up in the morning. Do we value family? Do we value community? Health, learning, relationships? May it be that this community draws forth our greater selves forged by common values and visions; may this community invite, bring out and rely upon the strengths, talents, generosity and re-commitments of all gathered as well as those beyond these walls. This day, we celebrate community – of people, pets, all those supportive and supporting this place that would seek to be the change needed in this community and world.
We remember many in this community: Those under Hospice Care; those recovering from surgery, those moving through life considering the beauty and severity of it all: Marlene Rotz, Ginger Collins, Leonard Bird, Gina Zornes, Barb Carlson and many others unnamed. May the care continue to be provided; may the meals continue to be delivered; may the tears and conversations draw us together; the generosity shown around the refugee in our midst; and strength be upon those who care and serve. So much going on all the time.
Here’s to Life! Here’s to this community! Here’s to our reverence of saints and sages and to God of many and rich understandings. Here’s to you and here’s to the faithful, fun and sometimes frustrating companions we call pets – indeed these family members we love and from whom we receive beautiful, bountiful, unconditional love. Amen.