I'm endeavoring to live from a spiritual place that transcends the arc of time and space yet one that still invades this time and space in the physical, natural realm.
I'm asking for the spiritual Kingdom of Light to touch my life's everyday activities--that I find the sacred in the seemingly mundane.
Let us pray:
O God of Understanding, guide me into greater Light. Expel the darkness of misunderstanding and ignorance from my life. Connect me to the places I must be. Give me grace to show up and be fully present. Holy Spirit, lead me toward those who are waiting for me, and draw to me those whom I am waiting for. May all my movements be guided by your Light and transfigured with your joy. So be it. Amen.
(partially adapted from the Prayer of St. Raphael)
I met Betsy at The Reformation Project this past September in Kansas. She is a conservative Christian from Ottawa, Canada, who changed her mind about LGBT people last year.
Because of this, she had to step down from the worship team at her church. She has always been an integral part of local church ministry--so this was a difficult thing--but still, a stand she felt persuaded by the Spirit to take.
Since then, she has become an outspoken advocate for acceptance and equality in the Church. I'm proud to call her my friend.
Flie idlenesse, which yet thou canst not flie By dressing, mistressing, and complement. If those take up thy day, the sunne will crie Against thee: for his light was onely lent.
God gave thy soul brave wings; put not those feathers
Into a bed, to sleep out all ill weathers.
It takes great courage to change one's life, to move out of the confines of convention into the new life that beckons. It is easier and much more comfortable for the soul to remain asleep in bed, one's wings quietly tucked away.
That is what fear does to us. It immobilizes, paralyzes, and keeps us from living the life we are called to live.
Taking courageous action unfurls the brave wings of the soul. Our wings are already there, waiting for us to fly. We just need to spread them wide.
I spiritually observe the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which started last night. For me, it marks a new spiritual season in my life with the prophetic potential to enter into new adventures.
This time of year I realign with my core values. I also make affirmations of spiritual alignment, calling into my life the people, events, and things that I am meant to connect to. The relationships of past seasons, I send back to their own purpose, if they are not to continue for me. I find this a powerful prayer that manifests positive change for my future.
So I take the ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur as a time of reflection and spiritual connection I also review my Big 5 list of goals. I ammend my list as I need, adding or taking away.
These practices work for me.
This year I will again be participating in Rabbi Jenny's Yom Kippur Service in Lake Worth. While I won't fast food, I will probably fast something from life that I feel is unhealthy for me, such as bitterness, judgments or resentments. That's always a highlight for me, and I find it centers and adds greater fulfillment to my day-to-day life.
I really like this video from Romemu.org and think anyone can find spiritual meaning from it, regardless of religious tradition. What will you place 'into this cup' for the sweetness of the New Year?