Dear Ones- Welcome to 2018! Happiest of New Year wishes! May you find peace, joy and beauty in your life, may your dearest wishes come true, and may each promise you make to yourself find fulfillment.
I know, I know- these wishes may seem futile and naive as we face 2018. “Wars and rumors of war”, injustice, inequality, oppression, pain and suffering abound. It seems each day brings new reasons to feel outrage. In the face of such troubles, it seems only logical to want to give up; to face the truth- the world is a dark and terrible mess. It’s always been a terrible mess, and nothing that we can do is going to “fix” it.
All of that may be true, of course.
But we are Unitarian Universalists. We believe in hope and possibility- even when hope and possibility seem absurdly far -fetched.
That’s why I thought this month’s theme “Ready for a Change” was highly appropriate, because we know that change is inevitable. The seasons, the world, our very bodies are in a constant state of change.
Sometimes, of course, change can seem devastating- war, death, decay, failure. This is all “change”, of course, even if not the sort of change that any of us might want. In our January 7 service we’ll look at how difficult change can be with our theme of “Rock Bottom”. Yet we know that the seed must “die” in order for the plant to be born, and often terrible circumstances lead to something wonderful.
Facing loss, defeat, or tragedy and finding the hidden possibilities in order to affect change often takes great courage. On January 14, then, our Guest Sandra Martin will help us celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Sunday touching on the “Courage” it takes to not only accept change, but to actively be an agent of change.
On January 21 we’ll explore “Ruts” that we may be in. Certainly, ruts can be comforting. But they can also be stifling. We can get “stuck”. In this service, we’ll consider ruts versus traditions, what serves us, and consider how to get out of our rut.
Closing out our month, on January 28 our guest will be Rev David Pyle, our lead contact from the Unitarian Universalist Association. Rev Pyle will help us look at “Solutions”.
Some random quotes about change:
Joan Wallach Scott: Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.
Friedrich Nietzsche: The end of a melody is not its goal: but nonetheless, had the melody not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either.
Washington Irving: There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place.
May this New Year make each of us, in our own way, “ready for a change”.
Wishing you peace and blessings,