“The Spiritual State of the Union”
Sunday, January 22, 2017
… One of my guiding aspirations comes from the prophet Micah. “O Mortal, what is required of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly…”
From the Christian epistle, Galatians: “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
Buddhism affirms Mindfulness and Compassion…
Islam, like other traditions, invokes the Golden Rule, “to do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
Too little of this is at hand….
Yet, blessings of spirit appear again, and again. A couple of weeks ago, as some Republicans sought to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics, an enormous public outcry caused the House to reverse itself.
… So, think of the State of our Union with the hope these voices offer. While it is not unimportant who our President is and how he behaves, you and I know the more important matter: Who are we and how shall we behave?
… to make “America, America again.” (L. Hughes) For everyone… And Yes, we can. Our spiritual health includes
- silencing the cruelty of others,
- the daily acts of citizenship,
- keeping our faces toward change with free and bold spirits, and
- affirming our shared love of building bridges.
Surrounded by the seductions of consumerism, materialism, tribalism, and now the blood sport of political insults, with heightened misogyny, xenophobia, racism, and narcissism, I am strengthened by Howard Thurman, the preacher, mystic, teacher, and mentor to Dr. King, and friend of our church, who would affirm, “Everything is sustenance.”
How so? His grounding was powerful: “Life is alive.” New Life always awaits us as we embrace wellsprings of Spirit and Life: Generosity, Hospitality, Gratitude, and Solidarity (with thanks to Taquiena Boston). Yes, we can….
Rev. Bruce Southworth
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