We have a lot on our minds as 2017 fades and we look into 2018 with trepidation and hope and realism. Today’s service at Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist was inspiring, meaningful and funny. Kathleen Mavity and Jude Johnson guided an interactive service and sermon of what we were grateful for in 2017 and what we look forward to in 2018. Interestingly, fewer people responded to the latter. The readings were particularly powerful: Peace (#589 Grey Hymnal) adapted from the Pupils of the Lincoln School reminds us that Peace is attainable through effort and respect by the many of the few, by the strong of the weak, by the great of the small. It is love and friendship for us to cultivate. We quietly sang “Shalom Havayreem” (Peace, Friends until we meet again.) And then, the reading “If There is to be Peace” by Lao-Tse, reminds us that it all begins with each of us.
Each day this past week I have walked the Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth sometimes from the window upstairs and mostly by donning on a coat, wind pants, heavy boots, hat and mittens and just walking. The calm that settled in was reassuring. The pre-dawn 31st walk with Jupiter and Mars in Libra was astonishing! Hushed all around. Squeaky snow and swishing wind pants. A stillness and excitement all bundled together in the morning darkness with stars overhead. Later another walk into the brisk wind with chickadees calling, woodpeckers drumming and the sweet aroma of woodsmoke wafting down.
Move into peacefulness through walking which is what Rich is doing right now – a hard, pushing walk to release energy and frustration and to calm the mind. It is solved by walking.
Paraphrasing Kathleen, as 2017 wraps up, we can think about creating the kind of 2018 that will be a gift to ourselves and others. What do we want 2018 to look like? What will we do individually to manifest our intentions? And, finally, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” Hmmm. Think about that.
“Deep peace of the running wave to you.
“Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
“Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
“Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
“Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.” (adapted from a Gaelic Blessing)