Season of Nonviolence: Rev. Jill Carey 1/14/2021

Dear Friends,

Our nation is on the precipice of change yet again. How much has happened in the last couple of weeks to shake and/or solidify our beliefs and convictions about what matters the most to us in this democracy. Even as we have seen some of the worst in human behavior, we have seen shifts in allegiances and unexpected outcomes because of it. But do not discount your contribution to the best of us showing up. We have joined each other in this spiritual community to SEE the best outcome, to find redemption amongst the chaos.
Not surprisingly, we are also entering the Season for Nonviolence at the end of this month through April 4. We remember Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18, and his words: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” That’s a pretty clear message to be the light and to love others! ALL the people, as much of the time as we can! We are in the extraordinary position of being isolated from so many humans---we can use that, transmute it: into prayer, goodwill, affirmative statements about our future. We can be a force for good, all the time, everywhere. It may make us give us some of our long-term habits and beliefs that no longer serve us, but that’s what growth is about, right? If you choose to watch the inauguration this week, let it be with a mindful, prayerful consciousness for our national leaders, for law enforcement, for first responders, for medical professionals, for our teachers . . . and for whomever else you would add to your list.
My friends, it will still be awhile before we can gather safely. The vaccine rollout has been slower than anticipated, and there is much we don’t know yet. We must trust in God’s good time and the best efforts of humanity. In the meantime, let’s participate in this Season of Nonviolence by not being violent in thoughts, words, and deeds---toward others and toward ourselves.

Much love and many blessings,

Rev Jill