Dear Friends,

As we build the Beloved Community, we pray for you every day that you might continue to bring it about in your little corner of the world.

Today's Meditation features Joyce Rupp's "I Pray to be the Face of Compassion." It was sent to us by Lisa Gail Johnson.

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: Joyce Rupp: I Pray to be the Face of Compassion

I pray to be the face of compassion –

that those who come within my view

find a cordial, kindly reception

written upon my facial landscape.

I pray to be the ears of compassion –

that those who come filled with distress

will experience my attentive presence,

ready to listen without distraction.

I pray to be the eyes of compassion –

that those who lack society's support

will receive my nonjudgmental gaze,

a look of unbiased, heartfelt welcome.

I pray to be the shoulders of compassion –

that those who come laden with burdens

will be able to set things down for a while,

and have the load lightened when they leave.

I pray to be the heart of compassion –

that those who feel overwhelmed with suffering

will sense my empathic response,

one that forgoes a desire to fix the hurt.

I pray to be the mouth of compassion –

that those whose voice is not heard

will be empowered and supported

by my determined, vocal stand for justice.

I pray to be the hands of compassion –

that those who life could benefit

from my presence and my actions

will be assisted by the humble offering.

I pray to be the feet of compassion –

that those who long for companionship

will see that I walk beside them,

joined in the strength of a common humanity.

I pray that the Light of compassion shining in my soul will recognize and receive the Light shining in others, that together we will care for creation with respect and have gratitude for all that exists.

— Joyce Rupp in Prayers of Boundless Compassion

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On Wednesday Evenings during Lent, we will meet from 7-8PM on Zoom using the poetry of Wendell Berry to reflect on Lenten themes.

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