Peace and Love: Rev. Jill Carey 1/30/2020

Dear Friends,

We celebrate many things this month! Of course, Valentine’s Day is the first thing that comes to mind. And we honor Black History during February. Together, they inspire us to examine and express our “better angels” of love, courage, inspiration, nonviolence, and acceptance. It’s too easy to confine Valentine’s Day to romance; it’s been commercialized to do so! And it’s careless to think of Black History Month as relevant only to people of color. Both holidays invite us to examine how we look at the world, at other people, at our behavior and attitudes in our daily pursuits, with hearts that are more aware, more forgiving, more loving, more expansive.

Look for opportunities to express positive regard for humanity wherever you go. Make an agreement with yourself to speak only words that have good intent. Rather than immediately disagreeing with another, say, “Hmm, isn’t that interesting,” and see if a true respectful dialogue can be had. Make amends and/or reach out to someone from whom you are estranged. Above all, bring peace into every part of the world that you touch, especially with your prayers. Peace is sorely needed right now; it is no coincidence that we honor Love itself (human and Divine) and those who have made significant and meaningful contributions to humanity during this month. Let us do our part, every one.

Much love, many blessings,

Rev. Jill