Our theme for December is “What does it mean to be a community of presence?” I think of the obvious parallel—the best present we can give to someone is our presence. When we listen to each other, when we revere each other, we enact the power of love in each other's lives. Is there someone who needs your presence this holiday season?
I thought you might like to see some words of wisdom that were included in our packet from the Soul Matters Sharing Circle this month.
“This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.” ~Mary Oliver
“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” ~Henry Miller“At the end of the day: do others feel loved in your presence? This is the spiritual bottom line.” ~Masin Kipp
“Sometimes, people can go missing right before our very eyes. Sometimes, we lose sight of ourselves when we're not paying enough attention.” ~Cecelia Ahern"When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there? The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
“At the center of the world and in each breath this is the holy temple, the birthing moment: giving and receiving love. That is all. This is the sacred point, the love in you meeting the love in the world. However broken or weary you are, bring yourself here, in love, now.” ~Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Whether we are joyful or fearful, anxious or angry, lonely or inundated with other people in our house, love is the answer. One of my colleagues said on Facebook: “Love always wins.” Someone else said, “I don't know if love always wins, but I know that I must answer the call of love, win or lose.” May you find a way to answer the call of love, may you find a way to express and experience that love during this season of generosity and peace.
Rev. Myke Johnson