To Our Beloved Community,
Well, it has been quite a week. Each day brings fresh news from around the world that is, to say the least, disquieting. The cancellation of daily activities can leave us all feeling a little lost. Those who are already facing health challenges, mental, physical or a combination of both, can feel overwhelmed. And even those with no apparent struggles can feel less grounded in the midst of the fluidity that is the current landscape. It may be wise to say that 'the only way forward is through.' But the through is not always a saunter through the flower filled meadow.
Nevertheless, we persist.
We persist holding our hearts open and tender, broken perhaps, but broken so 'the light gets in.'
We persist in sweetness to one another and the world, knowing that love is the most powerful of forces and the only one capable of real change.
We persist in thinking only the best of thoughts, turning deliberately away from nagging fears and all those things that go bump in the night.
We remember that everyone is a divine child, born of stardust and dreams, and every loss is a loss of creative spark that bears the creators spirit.
We persist in our care for one another. Though we may not be able to meet face to face, we may open our hearts, our ears, our thoughts to one another, and reach out to the world in love.
We will not be meeting together in our regular worship this week, though Bruce and I are working on a way to offer you something the following Sunday via technology. No promises, but we shall see what we can dream up. In the meantime, I offer a variety of resources for contemplation below - my curated list for the week - which includes a live stream link to a Sunday evening service in Toronto if you just can't get through the day without a traditional service. There is also a recorded reading of this week's Lenten Reflection - with some improvisational, and hopefully soothing, music from Our Beloved Maestro Bruce. (I have just received a new shipment of the books, so if you wish one, please let me know and I will drop it off at your house.)
Remember that how you spend these next weeks and months matters. Use the time wisely. Tend the state of your heart. Help others as you can, but don't make that your new busy work. Use technology to connect with one another, but don't make that your new busy work either.
Rest. Refresh. Use less. Do less. Tend to your soul, and the soul of those who are dearest to you. And know yourself above all else to be blessed and loved. For that is the nature of the magical stardust which bears the name 'human'.
And above all be grateful, for gratitude for the smallest of things makes of every moment a mystical adventure.
Love and blessings,
Rev. Dr. Candice Bist
Offering what I hope will be thoughtful additions to your spiritual journey, from my own musings, and the great array of teachers available to us through other blogs, videos, websites, music and art. May grace surround us all as we make our way forward through the astonishing mystery of life.