I was (lovingly) accosted at a recent street fair by a woman insistent that my only path to salvation was through attendance at a certain local church. When I proved to be gently resistant to her admonitions, she went for the Big Finish: “God loves you anyhow,” she said as she turned her attention to a more likely prospect. Good to know.
We’re told in Genesis that we have “dominion” over the planet and the forms of life that share it with us. A great deal of damage has been done through centuries of assuming that ‘dominion’ meant that we could do whatever we chose, without regard for consequences.
There are certain signs, certain thoughts or attitudes that we can recognize immediately as roadblocks on our spiritual path. At least, we can recognize them immediately if we choose to; sometimes we seem to prefer the roadblock message of fear and judgment. But it gets easier
What a tumultuous time we are experiencing! It’s hard to remember a time when we seemed so confused about choices between love and hate. We seem divided, not only by present controversies, but by attitudes toward flags and statues and other symbols of our past.
It’s all part of our shared human experience, so it’s only natural that we react to the drama
If social media has done nothing else, it has certainly blasted birthdays out of whatever closet they may have been stored in! My thanks to everyone who took the time to send best wishes for my 73rd. I wish I could acknowledge each one individually, but I’d be at it for days! So
I’ve deliberately postponed this message, waiting for the smoke to clear from the passions of Tuesday’s election. But it doesn’t seem likely to fully clear any time soon. Lord knows there have been more than enough other voices eager to be heard this week—some in celebration, others in various degrees of anger, astonishment and fear.