Anger, Sadness, and Fear filled my soul this week.
Walking around zombie like in the hours and days after the bombing
Consumed by the ubiquitous media on Friday
Then the sigh of relief before bed.
What a glorious day Saturday was. The sun, the warmth, the hope.
Still. I wonder, what now?
Is this the new normal?
Continue reading “April 21, 2013 – C. Campo”
In the early days of spring,
when the new brightness seems blinding
and the sun makes strange patterns as it shines through the leafless trees,
it seems like anything is possible.
The flowers we know sleeping beneath the soil
are just starting to show their tiny heads,
and the garden promises to come back
slightly different in a hundred ways than it was last year.
Continue reading “April 7, 2013 – C. Campo”
My Easter prayer is in memory of (and inspired by) two old friends, two peaceniks whose hearts were “a little to the left”: Nancy Redpath, who first brought me to this church; and my mentor, Rev. Bill Coffin, whom I last heard preaching from this pulpit. Bill always began Morning Prayer saying “This is the day that the lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” On Russian Easter, Bill might begin like a Russian priest: “With my voice, I cry out unto the lord! (Glasom moyim, ko hospodu vos vax!” Let us pray.
Lord, help us remember the meaning of Easter, the perennial message of spring: new life, renewal, and most of all, hope. Help us remember that no matter how our “Good Friday” was maybe not so good; no matter how dark the winter of our discontent might have been in us, in our families, our communities, our ever-smaller world; no matter if we felt forsaken, as even Christ once felt on the cross; remind us that the energy “of spring will soon pour from the ground into grass, flowers, trees, and robins. Soon we’ll see, hear, smell, feel the juice and joy of spring!”
Continue reading “March 31, 2013 – N. Danforth”
Great Spirit that unites us all,
We gather once again in awe of the universe and in the beauty of our earth as we saw so clearly after last week’s exquisite spring snowstorm. We are grateful for our circumstances. We live in a country in which democracy is possible and in a town that chooses to exercise it in perhaps its purest form, as we just did in yesterday’s annual Town Meeting. And with the recent equinox, we are filled with new energy to welcome Spring and all its promise for growth and new beginnings.
We know our world is flawed and that we often fall short in being stewards of the great gifts granted to us. And it’s also possible that many of us feel we do not measure up to our personal or collective aspirations to care for this planet, for our community and for each other, even though we know full well that it’s not about what we get, but about what we give that makes a difference and connects us all.
Continue reading “March 24, 2013 – K. Hurd”