What a day! Minnesota voted for love and commitment, and we changed the course of history! May we all find the time today to rest and feel the love and support that has come out of this hard and holy work. This day calls forth the spirit of Life and Love that holds us all—no exceptions.

Spirit of Life, come unto me. Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion. Blow in the wind, rise in the sea; move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice. Roots hold me close; wings set me free; Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.*

Today, our compassionate hearts remain open, lifted by Minnesota voters who believe in justice and have created a welcoming state for GLBT families and individuals. Keep that love pouring out and the conversations going. Give a hug, take a nap and move forward with joy!

 

*From Hymn #123, Singing the Living Tradition

Vision of What Can Be

November 6, 2012
hope

From Flickr by Harry Willis

Spirit of Life and Love,
dear God of all nations:
There is so much work to do.
We have only begun to imagine justice and mercy.

Help us hold fast to our
vision of what can be.
May we see the hope in history,
and find the courage
and the voice
to work for that constant rebirth
of freedom and justice
That is our dream.

Amen.

—William Sinkford, from Voices from the Margins

May the blessing of God go before you.
May Her peace and grace abound.
May Her Spirit live within you.
May her love wrap you ’round.
May Her blessing remain with you always.
May you walk on holy ground.

Source: Life Prayers: From Around the World, 365 Prayers, Blessings, and Affirmations

Miriam Therese Winter

Courage Borne

November 4, 2012
Hang Gliding

From Flickr by audreyjm529

I hesitate at first, thinking carefully,
estimating the risk of embarrassment,
measuring the cost of commitment,
too daunted by the challenge before me.
But there is a courage born of passion
and it sweeps me off my feet,
carries me onward and emboldens my actions.
This transcendent bravery brushes aside
all the doubts and fears and excuses.
My heart is strengthened
and my mind is filled with certainty.
I have been caught up in the moment
of overwhelming desire for a cause greater than myself.
I will flow with this extrinsic confidence
beyond the perceptions that limited my life.

—Jean M. Olson

But I Make the Effort

November 3, 2012
Bella & the Climbing Tree

From Flickr by Robb Wynn

I make the effort
to maintain a ground of oceanic silence
out of which arises the multitude
of phenomena of daily life.

I make the effort
to see and to passionately open in love
to the spirit that infuses all things.

I make the effort
to see the Beloved in everyone
and to serve the Beloved through everyone
(including the earth).

I often fail in these aspirations
because I lose the balance
between separateness and unity,
get lost in my separateness,
and feel afraid.

But I make the effort.

—Ram Dass

Sabbath Poem I (1979)

November 2, 2012
Redwood trees of California

Photo by Terri Burnor

I go among the trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on the water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.

Then what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What I fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, I hear its song.

After days of labor,
mute in my consternations,
I hear my song at last,
and I sing it. As we sing,
the day turns, the trees move.

—Wendell Berry