Archive for March 17th, 2020

17
Mar
20

3.17.20 … “As fear grips our country, let us choose love.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (22/40), Sardis Baptist Church-Charlotte NC:

Today I had my first TMBS via Zoom … the new normal. We are discussing Richard Rohr’s Universal Christ. This jumped out at me:

“The Divine Mind transforms all human suffering by identifying completely with the human predicament and standing in full solidarity with it from beginning to end. This is the real meaning of the crucifixion. The cross is not just a singular event. It’s a statement from God that reality has a cruciform pattern. Jesus was killed in a collision of cross-purposes, conflicting interests, and half-truths, caught between the demands of an empire and the religious establishment of his day. The cross was the price Jesus paid for living in a “mixed” world, which is both human and divine, simultaneously broken and utterly whole. He hung between a good thief and a bad thief, between heaven and earth, inside of both humanity and divinity, a male body with a feminine soul, utterly whole and yet utterly disfigured—all the primary opposites.”

— The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr
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It’s 6:45 PM and the temperature is 63°. I’ve been packing and repacking things that I should have packed and repacked long ago. There have been things that I have not used in many many years in some of the boxes in my house. But it is cathartic.

And after working all day, I had a very nice steak and roasted asparagus dinner. I was full and happy for my walk.

The first thing I noticed when I got out of the car with the singing of the birds. And the second thing was the sun; it was getting low in the sky. It was the perfect time to walk.

I think my favorite thing about this labyrinth is the daffodils and other flowers that come in to bloom during the Lenten season. They have been even more glorious this year than most years. And I pick out my favorite daffodils or other flowers each visit. Today it was the bright yellow variety and the first azaleas to bloom here. And I thought of Dorothy Williams and her butterfly memorial in the adjacent tree.

I always find something new here. Today it was the purple tree and the grass oasis.

My thoughts went to music. I just received a book that links music and labyrinths. So I pulled up this…

Labyrinth walking medley

St. Paul’s Choir

Music credits:

* “Ave verum corpus” – William Byrd

* “Set me as a seal” – Rene Clausen

* “God be in my head” – John Rutter

* “Ave verum corpus” – W. A. Mozart

* “The Lord Is My Shepherd” from Requiem – John Rutter (Linda Gilbert, oboe)

Source: Labyrinth — St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, http://www.stpaulshouston.org/labyrinth

As I finished my walk, my mind returned to real time and traffic noises and the setting sun.

I stumbled on this yesterday …

Prayer for a Pandemic

By Cameron Bellm

May we who are merely inconvenienced

Remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors

Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home

Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close

Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips

Remember those that have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market

Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home

Remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,

let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.

Let us choose love …

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and happy 60th birthday, Elizabeth!

3.17.20

3.17.20

List for today –

list for self care:

– Walk labyrinths

– Get fresh air

– Research labyrinths

– Clean house

– Look at art: books, on line, public art

– Take baths

– Take a walk … Walk in the woods … pick flowers

– Spend time at the beach or near water

– Talk to friends and family

– Make a Gratitude list every day

– Meditate

– Notice seasonal cycles, moon cycles, sunrise/sunset, stars

– Organize and plan ahead

– Listen to music

– Plan and cook a great meal and eat it with a family and friends

– Garden, plant seeds

– Read

– Puzzles/Games

– Tell stories

– Look at family photos

– Drink coffee or tea out of a special mug …

– Get a Massage or a manicure/pedicure

– Opt for Candlelight

– Pray

– Stretch/Yoga

– Breathe

And a few coronavirus memes …




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