Dear Friends,

We hope that you are safe and well.

Today's Meditation features a reflection written by Joe Burke from our Spirit of Life Community.

We invite you to join us as we commit ourselves to working tirelessly to end systemic and structural racism in our society, in the church, in healthcare, in the workplace--wherever it shows up so that everyone may come to have more abundant life. May this meditation nourish our contemplative-active hearts and sustain all of us in action.

In the spirit of our philosophy of co-creating community and our awareness that the Spirit speaks through each of us, we invite you to share your meditations with us as well. We truly believe that it is God's economy of abundance: when we share our blessings, our thoughts, our feelings, we are all made richer.

We hope and pray that you find peace, healing, hope and the infusion of joy in your life!

With our love and care,

Ron and Jean

MEDITATION 715: Interdependence Day: O Say Can You See

O say, can you see

By the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hail'd

At the twilight's last gleaming?

Do you see how beautiful our country side is?

Do you see how proudly we help one another when disasters strike?

Do you see our ingenuity? Our creativity? Our scientific advances? .

O say, that every morning is filled with gratefulness.

Whose broad stripes and bright stars

Through the perilous fight

O'er the ramparts we watch'd

Were so gallantly streaming?

Do the broad stripes remind you of being woven together?

Do the stars recall the stardust we originally came from?

Do we realize we are still in a perilous fight?

O say, our flag symbolizes that we are one.

And the rocket's red glare

The bombs bursting in air

Gave proof through the night

That our flag was still there

Do you see the bombs and bullets bursting in air today?

Is that tension built with hatred and division?

Does fear shake our bodies and lies suck life from our souls?

O say, give us proof our flag is still there.

O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free

And the home of the brave?

Does that banner fly with purpose?

Do we live freely on this land?

How brave must we be to continue?

O say, make us strong as we move forward.

O say, can we really see?