Here’s to claiming my birthright,
my sovereign power.
Here’s to walking the sacred ground.
Here, to break down any walls between the self and the higher calling.
May every prayer be a celebration.”
“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks–we will also find our path of authentic service in the world. . . .”
Parker Palmer on “Becoming the Person You Called to Become (Not What the World Wants of You)”
“Today I understand vocation quite differently-
not as a goal to be achieved but as a gift to be received. Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice “out there” calling me to become something I am not. It comes from a voice “in here” calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God,”
“Some things must be pursued, or they may in fact pursue us.”
“But beware of this about callings: they may not lead us where we intended to go or even where we want to go. If we choose to follow, we may have to be willing to let go of the life we already planned and accept whatever is waiting for us. And if the calling is true, though we may not have gone where we intended, we will surely end up where we need to be.”
“We live in a world where bad stories are told, stories that teach us life doesn’t mean anything and that humanity has no great purpose. It’s a good calling, then, to speak a better story. How brightly a better story shines. How easily the world looks to it in wonder. How grateful we are to hear these stories, and how happy it makes us repeat them.”
This is election day in the United States. Apparently i missed scheduling anything for today. So I found myself searching for a quote or even words I could say. It didn’t take long to find this bit of wisdom from Abraham Lincoln and the words started coming to me.
If you have not already voted, please do. Exercise the needed precautions to be safe.
If you have already voted please pray. Hold space for a safe and peaceful election.
Dealing with uncertainty is difficult, but we are getting a lot of experience right now are’t we? Not knowing what will happen next is scary to say the least. But we do know that no matter which way the election goes people will be upset.
What can we do? We can continue to pray and hold space for peace and for our country coming together to work for the good of all. I ask our readers from other countries to please join us in this.
Next put your feet in the right place. Calm yourself down and seek your inner guidance. Read Scripture of other inspirational writings. Get yourself rooted and grounded in love and the Spirit of God which is in us all. Then stand firm.
Is there more to life than work, parties, earning and spending as much as we can? Is there even more to “church” as we may know it? I think the current COVID-19 pandemic is showing us that yes, there is.
In the midst of what seems like chaos and turmoil we are being called to something higher and greater. We are being given the opportunity to care for each other, examine our own racist tendencies, and realize that the “church” is so much more than a place to go to on Sunday mornings.
Now is the time to begin awakening and realize we are all called, not just our pastors or other church staff. We are called to shine our light, follow the true teachings at the heart of our faith, and help create a world that works for all.