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Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old. I AM about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.  -Isaiah 43:19

 

Dear Seeker,

What changes, challenges and choices might this New Year have in store?

 

Just a few days ago,

in one movable global feast,

we welcomed a brand new year.

 

It began with noises in the night, cheers and tears,

to proclaim one pilgrimage over,

and inaugurate the start of another cycle round our star.

 

City streets and squares,

familiar to protest and parade,

were re-occupied briefly with expectant, cheerful faces.

 

What can the marking of minuscule solar rotations mean

in the cosmic sweep of universal time,

measured in millions of light years?

 

For countless planetary pilgrims

a new year offers at least the possibility of change;

a safe shelter, a job, a cure, an end to violence.

 

This coming year, what changes

are you prepared to make?

What kind of age could be ending, and what might lie ahead?

 

Predictions of economic turmoil

and environmental devastation abound.

Indeed some expect the end of the world.

 

And perhaps this world as we know it,

with its careless consumption and reckless violations,

really needs to come to its end.

 

Surely we can each resolve

to make one of the changes necessary

to usher in a humbler, slower, more compassionate way of life.

 

There is no wilderness so terrible, so beautiful, so arid, so fruitful as the wilderness of compassion. It is the only desert that shall truly flourish.     -Thomas Merton

 

If we are willing

to see our way through distraction and distortion,

we might just glimpse another age unfolding:

 

an age of peacemaking;,

an epoch of courageous

and humble transformations;

 

a time of loaves and fishes;

an era of raising up the lowly,

of reverencing smallness and fragile beginnings.

 

God knows,

this time, so patiently-awaited by so many,

is long overdue.

 

And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you is to come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel. -Matthew 2:6

 

Let us reclaim this age from the litter of lost lives.

Let us make a change, no matter how small,

in our seeing and in our being present to life.

 

Let us contemplate the legacy

we leave every day

for the vulnerable in our care.

 

Love is little, love is low, love will make our spirit grow.

Grow in peace, grow in light, love will do the thing that’s right.   -Shaker Hymn

 

May we see in frailty and littleness

a manifestation of the Holy

appearing in the universe.

 

joe

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