By Bob Kleinheksel We pause in the midst of all life; we relax, let go and breathe deeply of these moments. We accept ourselves and each other for who and where we are. We consider our understandings, interpretations and realities of God within, between and beyond; we make up visibly and cosmically a community on the way – becoming, emerging, journeying toward wellness and vitality. Would we tend to what is relevant, what is just, what is intimate and human?
The waterways are clear of ice, with eagles and seagulls vying for fish. The gulls seemingly squawking, “mine, mine, mine” in every greedy encounter as they give way to superior predators of the air. The cycle of life goes on plainly, remarkably, curiously – in this season of all things new. Flowers, birds, tree buds and bugs stir, return and flirt their way into color, mating intrigue and activity. How cool that a full orbed life happens again after the long, subdued winter. And now the silence, drab and bleak give way to nature’s symphony and full-colored pallet.
On this day of beginnings, can we again ask, “What will the rest of our lives be like?” What will the continued journey include? With thoughts, attitudes, behavior and relating? The journey toward wholeness and maturity is filled with beauty and challenges, pleasures and pains. We count on change and new insights to fill our days and to make their refining impact upon the ego: That we would look back upon the fabric of the past with discernment, forgiveness and humility; that we would look ahead to what may be with eagerness, hope and possibility. To move beyond blaming, a victim’s mentality and petty grudges; to see the chances and choices we have and make in the daily.
Step by step we travel – alone and collectively in community. On the journey and at this time now, we remember and seek out ones struggling to make things meet; families in transition, those seeking employment, those undergoing recovery – of substances or battling cancer. Those whose lives are ebbing toward earthly end; those celebrating new birth and great happiness!
Step by step. The daily, the thrumming, the awesome mundane as well as unexplained phenomenon. The heartbeat of life, divine presence experienced within us as new self-worth and maturity; the God experienced between in the intimate exchange of thoughts, conversations, touches, teasing and unity; the divine and Life presence experienced beyond in the dynamic reality of mystery, change and nature. Ah, the journey. We pause and pray in honor and in memory of Jesus, Buddha, Ghandi , Mohammed, Moses and so many others – both age old and present journey-mates from all traditions. On we go to where we have never been before.