April 27

Reflection

This time may be the beginning of a new era.  While some of us long to slip back into the comfort of old patterns, others are sensing that new patterns are possible.  This is being learned through the decisions we have been forced to make between what is really necessary, what is really important, and what is just comfortable and convenient. We can no longer live safe from the flow of external events. The common threat facing us has no restrictions or boundaries. People of all races and all walks of life have been linked together by a desire for survival. Behavior we once considered impossible is revealing interesting possibilities for living a more realistic lifestyle. If we seize the moment, past barriers and divisions might work themselves into a renewed sense of connection.  Life is always longing to be made whole; all being moves toward union. Perhaps with an understanding born out of loss and grief, the human community can develop in new ways.

Prayer

Make all things new.

Action

What can be learned from the present crisis?  Where can we learn to live more wholesome lives not only individually but as an earth community?  How can we profit from our common experience and not waste it?  What would you like to see happen? How can you help?

Suggested Reading

For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Love is the greatest power for the transformation of reality because it pulls down the walls of selfishness and fills the ditches that keep us apart.
Pope Francis

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.
Mother Teresa

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
 Viktor Frankl

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.
Abraham Maslow

All great changes are preceded by chaos.
Deepak Chopra

Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix.
Christina Baldwin

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
Stephen Hawking

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.
Steve Jobs

Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.
Billy Cox

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