This second week in Eastertide has been fraught with disturbance. It does not quite feel like the season of celebration. Cov-id 19 continues to flourish. Earth day was not a joyful gathering but a stock taking of how much further we have to go to realign ourselves with a healthy ecosystem. The unexpected violence in Nova Scotia left everyone dismayed and downhearted. And as long term isolation sets in, many were facing unseen and unknown challenges.
So, this week, we stop in the middle of Eastertide, to journey back to find Jehoshaphat surrounded on all sides by enemies, with seemingly no relief in sight. He was afraid. Everyone around him was discouraged. But he knew what to do. He knew to hold steady, keep his eyes on God, and be amazed.
We are called to stand steady and be amazed at all that we do not know, all that we cannot control, all that may yet unfold.
We are in a time of waiting. But there is waiting in terror and there is waiting in amazement.
Choose amazement. Choose to align yourself with divine thought, which is your noblest self.
Choose to stand and be amazed.
Come and see,
I’ve made a garden near the Trees.
My own guardians
Tall and true,
In grey green hue,
Breathing God with every breath,
Breathing God to offer rest.
Come and pick,
Flowers bursting blue and pink.
Bulbs are pushing
Through the Earth,
The green it heralds
Goddess Spring in every breath,
Goddess sings to bring us rest.
Come and smell,
My rose buds they begin to swell.
To tease your nose.
The scent of Heaven with every breath,
The scent of Heaven to offer rest.
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Come and sit,
At my table candlelight.
Friends and family
He has His place,
Telling Stories with sweet breath,
Listening Stories to give us rest.
Take what you will,
Bring your baskets,
Take your fill,
Heavenly Father grants us Breath,
Heavenly Mother grants us rest.
Come and be,
In my garden close to me.
Christ he walks,
Upon the land,
In the garden,
Takes my hand.
We are all of us - one breath,
Come to my garden, come to rest.
Spiritual Practice of the week: Deep Ecology
Many people see their spirituality through the lens of what is called 'deep ecology.' They connect with the divine through their experience of nature and the elements. They are usually devoted to matters concerning environmental responsibility. Our biblical text begins and ends in a garden, and all the way through it imagines the earth as a gift from God. You could say, that the spirituality that is deep ecology is written within our scriptural texts.
Paying attention to matters concerning our natural environment is another way of honouring God, no matter one's doctrinal beliefs.
The Deep Ecology Platform1. The well-being and flourishing of human and nonhuman life on Earth have value in themselves (synonyms: inherent worth, intrinsic value, inherent value). These values are independent of the usefulness of the nonhuman world for human purposes.
2. Richness and diversity of life forms contribute to the realization of these values and are also values in themselves.
3. Humans have no right to reduce this richness and diversity except to satisfy vital needs.
4. Present human interference with the nonhuman world is excessive, and the situation is rapidly worsening.
5. The flourishing of human life and cultures is compatible with a substantial decrease of the human population. The flourishing of nonhuman life requires such a decrease.
6. Policies must therefore be changed. The changes in policies affect basic economic, technological, and ideological structures. The resulting state of affairs will be deeply different from the present.
7. The ideological change is mainly that of appreciating life quality (dwelling in situations of inherent worth) rather than adhering to an increasingly higher standard of living. There will be a profound awareness of the difference between big and great.
8. Those who subscribe to the foregoing points have an obligation directly or indirectly to participate in the attempt to implement the necessary changes.
—Arne Naess and George Sessions (1984)
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“The world has been through many crises over the millennia, but this is the first global crisis that has been created by humanity. Whether we take responsibility for our predicament will determine our future and the future of the world. There is an ancient teaching that in times of imminent catastrophe we are given the opportunity of divine intercession; we can look towards God and pray for divine help. We are at such a moment and the soul of the world is crying out. Are we prepared to welcome back the divine and work together with the forces of creation?”
― Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee,
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth
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