To all celebrating Ramadan may this be a time of faith, family and honoring the traditions this sacred time in the Muslim community. Grace and peace to you all.
Some people need the care and comfort of others in times of need or distress. Whether it be sickness, incarceration, homelessness, and situations where people need assistance, we are all charged with acting. I believe that people have a connection that requires us to act on behalf of our higher power to give hope and grace.
In the season we are in, charity is needed more than ever but with COVID-19 added to the mix people need help even more. So much of what we are seeing is people losing their jobs, a change in the routines in life, and loss of life.
We must be about the work of making our world at this time the best it can be. It is not easy but when everyone comes together it can be something special.
My friends in this holiday season do not forget about others who need a hand. We have a responsibility to care for the least of these because when we do that we can make this mean world a better place.
Every person at some point needs saving from something that can mean bad news for them. How that rescue comes varies and is a very individual thing. We find ourselves in a storm that life sends our way, and we need shelter. It could mean you are in trouble and you need someone to bail you out.
For some their higher power is that source of help that can save them from calamity while other folks rely upon their community, friends, partners to help pull them out of certain destruction.
For me I have been gifted grace from my creator. Whereas others are gifted grace by other means. All of which are good. It’s that grace that provides comfort, security, love, and peace.
We all have situations that require a helping hand from somewhere to pull us out of dark places and spaces. It can be tough to ask for that help especially if you aren’t used to asking for it or there is a trust issue that prevents you from seeking that assistance.
My friends, I hope you will reach out and to be safe in your life’s circumstances. We are all in the boat of life together. Saving yourself sometimes means asking for someone to save you and vice versa.
My faith says “fear not” but when it comes to things that can harm you or threaten you then you must be smart, vigilant, and careful. Fear is healthy and can protect you from harm. Fear of the Coronavirus makes sense and can save your life. Fear the virus because there is not a cure or vaccine for it yet. Take care of yourself.
In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for finding himself. If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.Thomas Merton
Life is about joy and pain even when you have faith in a higher power. Easy times come with difficult times. Faith helps you deal with it all. I am sure other things can too like community and family. I can say that my faith has helped me be a better person and to love more. Everyone has something that can get them through this very tough thing called living in reality.
My goodness its a wild and crazy world we are in. I can speak from experience the USA is full of chaos right now. Just go on the blogosphere or social media where people are bearing witness to how things are where they live. The year 2020 has been a time unlike any other in history where a whole lot of things are going down.
The question is where does one go to find some peace? You know to get away from the calamity of things. My priest posed the question about finding peace in your life this morning and in a Zoom meeting the answers were very personal and unique.
Some go into nature, some read, some will retreat to a favorite place if possible. There is a spiritual component where some will find prayer and meditation comforting. Worship or group gatherings can be helpful too. Being in tune with ones higher power can help calm the mind and soul. Yoga and other practices can benefit the mind and body simultaneously.
It’s true that people are overstimulated and overexposed to bad news and finding peace from that means turning off the TV and getting away from devices (yes that is hard for me to do).
Finding peace can be a simple thing if you let it. Getting out of your headspace and allowing your physical body to relax can help one unwind. Self care is important whatever that looks like to you.
Peace like a river, peace from turmoil, peace from the demands of life and peace that surpasses understanding, nirvana wherever one can find quiet for a time might help solve a lot of problems in the world. Being intentional about it is the key.
Peace to you all my dear friends.
“Fundamentalists use the Bible the way drunks use a light post: more for support than for illumination.”William Sloane Coffin