Whew! Thank God THAT year is behind us!
While there was much that was bright and brilliant about 2016, we had to spend an inordinate amount of time looking for it. So many of us are bone-weary from the animosity that flanked the presidential election season regardless of whether our preferred candidate won or lost.
It feels like so much more was lost than won.
I propose that we make 2017 a return to decency and respect.
While it’s a relief to draw a deep, cleansing breath now that our shiny and new 2017 is here, there is damage from last year that needs repairing.
Please know that I’m not writing about politics, but about taking responsibility for one’s humanitarian footprint. In other words, leaving the past behind, how do you wish to care for and connect with your fellows throughout this year to make it a better one than last?
At my church, we’ve kicked off 2017 with a sermon series called Time to Shift. While the focus is on growing our church and its ministries and our individual walks with God, the series has a deeply personal call as well.
I think the time is absolutely right for a spiritual assessment of massive proportions. It IS time to shift.
It’s time to go deep, my friends. It’s time to see what we’re made of. It’s time to learn and grow, and yes, to shift.
Can I get an amen?
Some of you know that I was baptized for the first time last October. As a new Christian and new member of Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ, I am passionate about all things Jesus.
Here’s my big HOWEVER: I cherish the notion of individual spiritual sanctity. Whatever your path, I honor it. I hope you share it with me, especially if you agree to move into a shift.
As you begin to take your spiritual practice to a new level, I offer these seven ideas to support you:
Let music, dance, works of literature or art tingle your senses and offset the negative voices of news reports (or any negativity, for that matter!).
Stand firm in your power. No one else will state your case as well as you can.
Believe that you are valuable and worthy. God does, so why shouldn’t you?
Plant your feet in today and keep them there. If you find your mind wandering into “what ifs,” look at your feet.
Honor who you are always. Do not try to be anyone else for anyone else. Ever.
Love wildly and freely. Love big. And please, by all that is holy, love beyond those who look, act, vote like, or eat in the same restaurants as you.
Finally, should you ever feel the need to complain, stop it. Instead, find a solution, or at least a beginning idea.
May you have gobs of courage, hope and faith in 2017, my dear peeps. Big love to YOU!