We invite you to sojourn with us in contemplation this Advent Season.
Today's Meditation features Jan Phillips wondering "What are You Waiting For?" "Own up to it. Inside you burns the flame of Creation itself!"
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 859: Jan Phillips: "What are You Waiting For?"
What Are You Waiting For?
Intelligence permeates the universe
It makes our hearts pump, our fingernails grow.
Every cell knows what to do
because it is intelligence materialized.
In the circle of life,
the wave of knowing becomes the particle of being.
Energy slows down and becomes matter.
Like Einstein said: energy is simply matter
times the speed of light squared.
Energy never dies. It just keeps changing form.
A dewdrop becomes a cloud, becomes rain,
becomes the sea, becomes a cloud, becomes sleet
becomes the icy road.
The hydrogen atoms forged in the Big Bang
are in your eyelash, your cat’s fur,
your piano bench.
You are more than a child of the heavens and earth.
You are mortal and immortal,
finite and infinite,
human and divine.
Own up to it.
Inside you burns the flame of Creation Itself.
If you heard it once, you heard it a hundred times:
You are the light of the world.
You are the miracle you are waiting for.
Your body is a chalice holding Mind-at-Large.
What in the world are you waiting for?
This Advent we invite you to join us in reflecting on the Freedom Poetry of Advent as offered to us by the work of Maya Angelou. The introduction to this time of reflection includes a quote from Maya:
“I’m always amazed when people walk up to me and say, ‘I’m a Christian.’ I think, ‘Already? You already got it?’ I’m working at it, which means that I try to be kind and fair and generous and respectful and courteous to every human being.” + Maya Angelou
If you are seeking a prayerful focus for Advent, and Maya's works speak to your spirit, we hope that you will join us! We will gather for one hour each Wednesday of Advent (from 7:00-8:00PM) during Advent sharing on the suggested scripture verse, along with the poem by Maya selected for the week, and proposed practices for us to further integrate the sacred messages. You will find Digital and Print options for the Prayer Guide attached to this email.
The link will be the same link we use every Sunday for Eucharist. We will send it out again on Wednesday.