Transcript by Bob Kleinheksel, August 23, 2009
We gather as a community of family and friends, in the presence of possibility, beauty and grace. Peace be to each here. . .now . . . in the stillness of these moments as well in the rush of busyness that welds us to production and accomplishment. We draw now within the walls in air conditioned comfort; we let go of nagging anxieties, of cares and concerns – at least for awhile- in order that our minds be so emptied as to be filled with awe and fascination for life and living. Let this paradox be our dance and challenge: Letting go, emptying, taking on and living expansively in every emerging moment.
Life goes on – in spite of us; beauty perpetually emerges; the universe expands within us and beyond us. We see it in august roses inviting bees; in sunset grandeur, in a 14 year old teenage boy slurping and chomping on a Michigan peach – fruit of this beautiful land. We see Life happening in hands held, with ones aging gracefully, in careful steps of those losing mobility, in husbands and wives tending to one another in love and challenges. We celebrate Life in the communion and kisses between lovers, between children and parents – the exchange of sexes and souls that allows us to be the light in this world and a source of encouragement for others.
We witness, celebrate and support the covenants we share with Life itself, with others and ourselves. We consider and invite peace into our lives, our relationships, when we awaken and when we lie down. We let go of judgments, criticism, impatience, the need to be right or in control. So too do we let go of our selfish meanderings, for it is not all about me . . . or you. May we become the observer of ourselves and thus live with fuller admiration and appreciation of each’s life, each’s point of view. May health-enhancing peace be upon our lips, in our thoughts, in our hands, in our words, our actions. May it be in our work, our play, in the preparation and enjoyment of food . . . in the daily, hum-drum of existence as well as in the moments that compel us to say, “Oh my God.”
Let our thoughts and prayers now embrace and encompass those we know and love. Those living with cancer, those moving through radiation and chemo and those who have chosen not to continue with these interventions; those unemployed; those seeking new life direction and purpose; ones facing hospital procedures with anxiety or relief; those whose lives and bodies are changing and those who have lost hope. We stand with these ones as well as the greater family of humanity. Our grief and happiness join together just as our common ancestry and blood unites us as one people. Peace be to each of us. Amen.