GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#96 — April 1, 2020

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

— Audre Lorde

Greetings, Inspired Seekers:

Was there ever a time when creating community and unitive discourse among us was more important? I think not. Not in my lifetime, at least.

And in spite of the hoarding, the anger and the very real stories of grief and frustration, we also are being witness to hope, generosity and communion. This is a time when our identities and faiths can honestly be seen and experienced as bigger than the confines that often define them.

It is a time when we can expand our beliefs and, rather than believing IN our spiritual leaders, we might shift and believe LIKE them. That's a pretty big shift!

And in that shift, the common ground shared by the traditions of the world becomes more stable, more centered. Yes, it grounds us all. On that sacred ground, in that sacred space, conversations take on a new depth and new richness in this time of isolation. We have found a communal meeting space. We have the space to listen. Deeply.

We have the freedom – and the joy – of floating into that SpaceForGrace and experiencing real transformation of our minds and our hearts. We have the opportunity to cherish our shared beliefs as we recognize our differences. We have the real possibility of deep growth in the midst of the unknown that we are living in on multiple levels today.

Mystery presents itself in many forms. Perhaps it is in this unknown time, in this mystery, that we will be lifted out of ourselves and into a more generous communion with the world by co-creating it with the Holy One.

Grace–fully yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: I am of generous spirit and in communion with all.

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