An insight into why we post art and music and why art and music are an important part of our Sunday Morning Forum:
The purpose of art is the gradual, lifelong construction
of a state of wonder and serenity.
Glenn Gould, pianist
#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.
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Compassion is in the wind that moves the chimes today. What do you hear?
Earlier today …
… I was reminded of the wisdom of Marian Wright Edelman (ht Diane Noble and Gratefulness.org)
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Please make a difference today, no matter how small—it really does “add up.”
Let awareness inspire your giving today
To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us. . . and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference. . . .
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
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Lighting a candle is a way to let Christ, the Light, into our lives; it is a way to let our light (of care, concern, hope, love, compassion, interconnectedness, peace) shine into the world; it is an invitation to warmth; the fire of a candle ascends, like our prayer; it can be an offering of self, “our souls and bodies” to God’s glory. … The lit candle can be our continuing prayer, even when our conscious praying is interrupted or distracted into oblivion.
The lit candle, especially in the darkest part of the night, is a symbol of an unquenchable hope; it is a symbol of a life-giving trust (in God).
I encourage you to light a candle, offer a prayer, give light (no, give the Light you know) to the world.
For further reading and reflection
“In many different traditions lighting candles is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. It has to do with gratefulness. From time immemorial, people have lit candles in sacred places. Why should cyberspace not be sacred?”
From the website of Gratefulness.org as an introduction to a sacred space in which you can light a candle.
I have started a Group for us on Gratefulness.org. The Group initials are 4 letters: a-m-e-n. Our group is “amen” (without the quotes). As you complete the guided process to light your candle in cyberspace you will have the opportunity to enter a set of Group initials. Use “amen” (without the quote marks). All candles with the Group initials amen will appear together. If you want to find your candle, use your initials in the space provided.
“Amen.” Of course, this is a common ending to our prayers. To say Amen to a prayer is to say to all who hear “Let it be so, even more than I can say, or more than I can ask or imagine, let it be so.”
Click here: Light a candle on Gratefulness.org: I will greet you there and you will be guided in your candle lighting effort; God will do the rest.
It is a huge danger to pretend that awful things do not happen.
But you need enough hope to keep going.
I am trying to make hope.
Flowers grow out of darkness.
Corita Kent —Word for the Day on Gratefulness.org, 25 Sep. 2011
2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1 is appointed for reading on Sunday, June 10, 2012. We will hear Paul talk about hope. When awful things happen how do you “make hope”?