Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Morning Meditation - I am blessed
I woke up this morning grieving for the loss of my UU congregation and wondering how people can be so stupid as to take action which is against their own self interest, and detrimental to their own future?
I know, I know, I can hear people say, "that is a very arrogant stand to think he knows what is best". Maybe, I don't know what's best and so I think my thoughts very humbly, but my gut tells me that what they did was wrong, and they are too ignorant or narcissistic to know how to get themselves out of the predicament they have created.
And so I grieve for my former congregation and for the UU movement in general which has so much potential, and so much to offer the world, and can't seem to organize itself to actualize its potential. The UUA presidential campaign reminds me of two nerds running for Student Council president in high school.
I have read Robin Edgar's poignant posts about the lack of acknowledgement of his pain due to what he believes is ministerial malfeasance and the UUA's inept response.
Human beings are imperfect and our institutions, including the church, are broken. If the cradle of Western Civilization and the center of Christendom can kill 6 million Jews in a Holocaust, if the United States can kill millions in two immoral unnecessary wars like Viet Nam and Iraq, it makes a sane person wonder about what the hope is for human kind.
Rebecca Ann Parker says,
"I believe that we must doubt our doubt that there is grace. We must open ourselves to the possibility that there are sources beyond ourselves that sustain us, transform us, save us, that hold us tight in the arms of life. I believe that we must open ourselves to the possibility that this grace is already here, that it has been given, is being given, and will be given."
Blessing The World, p.111
And yet I am touched by grace, ever so lightly, it is easy to not notice, but it is there, and God is very good to me and to my family and to my community and to my country and to my world and I am blessed by the vision and values of Unitarian Universalism.
And so I try to look pass the pain and the sorrow, the frustration and disappointment, the discouragement and grief, and remind myself that God provides possibilities and that today is a new day and that in the end when it all comes out in the wash, I am blessed.