I have appreciated December’s worship theme – hope. It’s been disheartening to witness on a national, state, and local level the extreme political polarization, an absence of compromise in problem solving, lack of process in decisionmaking, and failure to address critical social justice issues and environmental issues such as climate change.
It’s tempting to surround myself with like minded people and feel helpless. However, my experience in the community of Michael Servetus this fall has led me to believe there is another alternative. That is to actively hope and to step out of my comfort zone and be a better listener – to practice deep listening, be more curious about other perspectives, and attempt to have some difficult conversations with friends and family who have different perspectives.
Attending worship services, conversations with other members of the congregation, and attending religious education programs has changed my thinking as a first step, and hopefully, my actions as a second step. This is what I think happens here. Our experiences here change us.
My intention for the new year is to have hope as expressed in the poem., Blessing of Hope by Jan Richardson Reverend Laura presented it the December meeting of the over 60 group.
Blessing of Hope by Jan Richardson from The Cure for Sorrow
So may we know the hope that is not just for someday but for this dayhere, now, in this moment that opens to us:
hope not made of wishes but of substance,
hope made of sinew and muscle and bone,
hope that has breath and a beating heart,
hope that will not keep quiet and be polite hope that knows how to holler when it is called for,
hope that knows how to sing when there seems little cause,
hope that raises us from the dead – not someday but this day, every day, again and again and again