Render Your Heart in the Ashes

We are living in a new wave of the civil rights movement.  We hear public calls for a ban on certain immigrants. We see water poisoned for profit.  We know many people face winter living on the streets.  We know in some states it is easier to buy a gun than register to vote.  My spirit has felt like there has been a house fire and we are all still trying to hold afternoon tea amidst the ashes.

If we are to welcome the Holy into our lives, we must remember first where it dwells.  We must be willing to cry out, even now, and render our heart fully to our lived Unitarian Universalist faith.

The Holy looks like justice to me. The Holy looks like compassion between people, the grace found in quiet moments of witness with one another, and the deep and profound call to action we feel when we encounter suffering in our world. Now and again, we drift away from the Holy. The good news is, we can always call ourselves back to that compassionate grace and abounding love. It dwells within.

What if the Holy is the divine spark, the inherent worth and dignity we speak about, the very place of original good that our Universalist ancestors knew to exist within each of us. This living experience of the best, most sacredness, of our humanity.

As we begin our Lenten practice together, I encourage you to spend time reflecting on where the meaning lies for you within the biblical scripture and practices of Lent.  For some this practice will be directly tied to their concept of the Holy, or God.  For others, the concepts may more directly connect to our UU principles or the way we individually commit to the work of justice and living lives of faith.

 

Joel

12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 
13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 
14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God

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