As we celebrate Easter, poet James Broughton invites us to “Honeymoon with Big Joy!”
Shake out your qualms.
Shake up your dreams.
Deepen your roots.
Extend your branches.
Trust deep water
and head for the open,
even if your vision
Quit your addiction
to sneer and complain.
Open a lookout.
Dance on a brink.
Run with your wildfire.
You are closer to glory
leaping an abyss
than upholstering a rut.
Intrepid all the way
Walk toward clarity.
At every crossroad
to bump into wonder.
Only love prevails.
En route to disaster
insist on canticles.
Lift your ineffable
out of the mundane.
Honeymoon with Big Joy!
~ James Broughton ~ (Sermons of the Big Joy)
When we think of the Brussels terror attacks, or the rancor on the political front, big joy may seem foreign. However in The Spirit of Life Community, we find hope in our God and in the accompanying we give each other. Maybe the rising to new life shows up in our rising above what pulls us down around us and being the beacons of hope and light and peace that Mary Oliver suggests:
My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium.
The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all the ingredients are here,
Which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy to the moth and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is that we live forever.
At The Spirit of Life, we are seeking to truly become the transforming beings....open to the Spirit, and creators of “justice & joy” in our own lives, in our families and the world in which we live. Our belief in the sacredness of all created beings and loving relationships compels us to respond with care and compassion to all who are marginalized in our church and world. We invite you to come and to pray with us as we “do our own work” in growing into a deeper awareness of our own gifts and ‘growing edges’ and together create a community that invites diversity and honors the uniqueness of each individual and every journey. We are confident that you will feel welcome in the “home” of The Spirit of Life.
Our prayers are sent with love for your letting your light shine right around you, we can all do it together.
Ron & Jean
Nourish your Soul ~
Jean Marchant & Ron Hindelang invite you to join us in creating a Catholic Community of Worship & Service, Justice & Joy Eucharist is celebrated weekly ~ Every Sunday Evening 5:00PM Daylight Savings Time/ 4:00PM Eastern Standard Time The Congregational/UCC Church of Weston welcomes us into their sacred space for our weekly Eucharist 130 Newton St., Weston, MA 02493 (Newton St. is located off Route 30, near Route 128 & 90 or from Route 20 follow School St., to Newton St.) Note: Transportation is available from the Riverside T Station upon request.