Meditations of the Heart (Thurman) Section 3 Day 15

If I had known that my desire for company, for companionship, for community might not be fulfilled, would I have agreed to become a corporal body?

If I were really able to elect whether to come to live on earth, would I have chosen this if I knew that not only happiness but also the days of sadness and loneliness ahead of me?

Did I know it and choose anyway? Baby-in-Utero_BW_border

Carolyn Myss, in her concept of sacred contracts, says we each make an agreement with God in the realm before life on earth regarding the things we will do, people we will meet, etc.  But, the process of traveling through the birth canal erases our memory of the details of that agreement. She says we then spend our lives trying to figure out what is in that contract so we can fulfill it.  Perhaps that’s why some of us flounder around from relationship to relationship, job to job, degree to degree seeing which one fits.  Some of us have an intuitive sense of what we’re to do and don’t believe it, heading off into other directions.

Rev. Howard Thurman says everyone wants community in our most original heart and mind. “The key to community”, he says, “must be fashioned of a common understanding of life, a common faith, a common commitment.”  Yet, even as we desire companionship of others we none the less need time for solitariness.  Community, Thurman says, builds outward from the individual to include more and more people.  Always a person is driven to do something about his personal relationships to maintain free and easy access to persons who are significant to him and, through them, share deeply in community.  Thurman says this is ‘the very stuff upon which the soul of man feeds: for it is the door though which he enters into the Holy of Holies where God dwells.”  So, if I heard that right, in community we find God.

JD Martin has a song called “One Heart” whose opening line says “There’s a new church on the horizon made of light not of stone calling out to all creation, you are not alone.”  It goes on to sing that all of us with all our sins, foibles and relationships are one heart.

I think I must have known, before I incorporated into this body, that I would one day sing that song with JD and his wife Jan; so, yes I must have chosen to come looking for community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q5ia2jUeqc  “One Heart” JD Martin.  Thank you.

Sabeel Wave of Prayer Nov. 27

Lord, we thank you for the beginning of Advent this weekend – for valuing humanity enough to become one of us, for taking on flesh and teaching us how to love.  God, we ask for your guidance so that we not only reflect on this time with hope, joy, peace, love and joy, but also act upon it.    Lord in your mercy…

We continue to worry about Jerusalem, including the city’s increased violence and Israel’s forms of collective punishment on Palestinians living there, such as home demolitions, revocation of residency rights and many other measures. We are also concerned with the increasingly negative economic effects experienced in the Palestinian community of East Jerusalem. God, we pray for an end to injustice and suffering in this already economically depressed area.  Lord in your mercy…

Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian physician who has volunteered as a medical solidarity worker during the past three Gaza bombardments, has been banned from entering Gaza through Israel, currently the only possible way in.  God of healing, we pray that this unjust ban by Israel is lifted and that he and other humanitarian workers are not prevented from doing their critical work in this devastated region.  Lord in your mercy…

We are thankful for our friendships and partnerships with many churches worldwide, including The United Methodist Church Global Ministries.  We pray that many people will be inspired to give generously as part of the Global Ministries “Giving Tuesday” campaign on December 2nd for Advance projects and partners worldwide.   Lord in your mercy…

Lord, we pray this week for our community Advent program in Bethlehem, which will reflect on Luke 2:10when the angel appeared to the shepherds, and for our Nazareth activities, including a youth retreat for Advent.  This Thursday at the Dominican Church, Sabeel will hold an ecumenical prayer service for Jerusalem.  Lord, comfort the community as it comes together in prayer. Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.  Lord in your mercy…