Dear Friends,

The poet Will Ashe Bacon writes:

It’s up to us
to re-enchant this planet Earth

We are the elves and giants
we are the shining ones
daughters of the Moon and
sons of the Sun

We are the shapeshifters…
it’s up to us to re-enchant
this living planet Earth…

Up to us to break the spell
that steals the colours
from the world
and leaves it lifeless
it was our spell
We can break it…

We will dance the magic dance
and our bodies will remember
we will sing the magic songs
and together we’ll remember
how to live together
how to love each other
how to ride the eagle
how to call the deer

It seems like a fitting way to begin a new year by thinking of ourselves as beings who have the power to make a difference in the world.  We can bring a sense of harmony and home back to our lives, back to our communities, back to this planet Earth.  We can re-weave the threads that have been broken.  We can be menders, healers, nurturers – guardians of life!  I have a poster in my office that reads: “I swear I will not dishonor my soul with hatred, but offer myself humbly as a guardian of nature, as a healer of misery, as a messenger of wonder, as an architect of peace”.  I love being able to look up from my desk at these words that remind me who I am – who I want to be.  They are like a touchstone that helps to bring me back to myself.  When I get caught up in the chaos of daily life, I look up, I stop, I take the words into myself and remember, “Yes, that’s who I am – that’s who I want to be.”

We are beings that have the power to make a difference in the world — but how?  The theme for worship this month is opportunity and patience.  There are times when opportunity and patience don’t seem to belong in the same thought bubble.

It can often feel that when an opportunity presents itself, we need to grab it – quick! — before it’s too late.  But patience can actually help us cultivate opportunities, opening our hearts and minds, helping us remember who we are and the power we have to live and love each other and the Earth.  And so, this month we’ll look at some practices we can use to help us remember who we are and cultivate the power we have to re-enchant the world.

The new year brings with it opportunities for new beginnings.

Happy New Year,

Rev. Carol

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