Recent legislation popping up restricting access to pregnancy prevention and termination services has been on my mind. No forced pregnancy. So I have decide to advocate Freedom from Pregnancy for both men and women. Self worth has been so focused on reproduction, we have created idolatry. The foundational story of the Abrahamic religions is based on faith not reproduction. We have some how focused on reproduction. To be barren for a woman, brings ridicule, and men are allowed to have as many sexual partners as it takes to reproduce. Reproduction is not what makes us human. What makes us human is being created in the image of the HUMAN ONE– Godde. Relationships, nurturing and supportive relationships, make us human. To have nurturing relationships with all of creation is the goal of life. Technology has made life tasks easier and more efficient, but relationships take heart and soul. Our lifetimes are meant to develop our abilities to have wholeness producing relationships.
So today, work on your relationship building gifts.
As Christmas approaches once again, the birth of the Christ Child is on my mind. It has been all year as a matter of fact. Mary has walked with me off and on for the past 6 years. Birthgiver. The sounds of the Magnificat ring in my ears and I wonder, What has kept us from calling Mary The Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah? Why has she not been recognized as the Savior? Fully Human, Fully Divine. Willing to give birth to the revealer of the True Godde, Jesus. Not diminishing Jesus the Christ, the one who revealed the truth of nonviolence, the power that brings life and compassion. Existing prior to creation and giving life to creation. My ponderings as the celebrations continue. Peace and Good will to all. Darlene
This is the image I get of the elitists who now want to run the country. Standing around at their cocktail parties talking about how to deal with the rowdy peasants and keep them calm. So they put one of their own in the white house and then they take positions and share their wisdom with us peons. As I watch the hearings, I pray wisdom prevails. I also know that there are young people in dorm rooms all across the country who are more in touch with reality and have better ideas than those we are threatened with being ruled by in the coming 4 years.
The Department of Labor website states the mission of the department “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.” The president elect seems not to realize that he has the responsibility to defend the people of the citizens against those who would oppress them, those outside or inside the country. We must resist. The One whose birth we celebrate at this time of year, spoke truth to power, we must do the same. We may find ourselves crucified, ostracized, and laughed at but we must speak and act to work for liberty and justice for all.
I love the word serendipity, even though I am hesitant in spelling it. It is a word that feels light and happy just as the definition says “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”. This morning I was going through the routine household chores, feeing cats and greeting them, feeding the dog and taking him outside. While we were out, a strange squeaky, chirpy kind of noise could be heard. I had never heard a car sound like that or any mechanical device. Then the dog turned toward the sound and I followed. A beautiful pheasant was in my backyard walking around. What a surprise. Growing up I used to see them all the time in Nebraska. But here greeting me was a pheasant in glorious colors. A wonderful surprise. I was reminded that Godde surprises us in many ways all the time. Advent prepares us for the greatest surprise of all. The Divine one coming to us to show us what it means to be truly human, vulnerable, loving, compassionate, welcoming and speaking truth to oppressive power. I rejoice in the birth of the Prince of Peace. Blessings to all. Darlene
On January 1, 2017 I will enter the stage of life known as retirement. I have learned over the years that does not mean the stage of not caring or not doing anything. In fact, it means getting involved in life in a new way. Considering the current state of affairs, there will be plenty […]
On January 1, 2017 I will enter the stage of life known as retirement. I have learned over the years that does not mean the stage of not caring or not doing anything. In fact, it means getting involved in life in a new way. Considering the current state of affairs, there will be plenty to keep me busy and many new and wonderful friends to meet. So onward and upward. Blessings, Darlene
The sunshine is streaming in the window giving an illusion of a day of warmth. Yet step outside and the chill of the wind startles. Every now and then I need to have my assumptions shaken, to wake my beginner’s mind. It helps me be present to what is really going on around me. More people could use their assumptions challenged, or we will continue to be a divided humanity.
I dreamed last night of buying a new house. I was cleaning out clutter and was surprised by getting more than I realized. I was excited for the possibilities to come. The new year holds so many possibilities for me, my family, my friends and the the faith community I serve.
My prayers are for all to grow deeper in the heart of God.