My monthly prayers follow the themes set by the Church of the Larger Fellowship and the Quest for Meaning. April's theme is Transformation.
How amazing and astounding that we can change and grow, that we might begin curious and grow self-satisfied and change again to a dancer in the wonderment of life! What a blessing not to be bound to bitterness or to sorrow or to rage or to fearfulness our entire lives! What a blessing to be able to choose another way, a way of mercy, a way of kindness, a way of love, a way of generosity. And when we reflect upon how we were and how we are and consider how we might yet be, when we can hold onto and point toward how sorrow taught us new depths of caring, the real strength of community, the solace of days of rain and being wrapped with the blessing of who and what we have lost, but once had. Transformation is life. Faith is how we dance that change, growing more skillful in our clumsiness, changing and changed with hope, with mercy, and with love. May we be transformed for generosity and for peace, transformed in growing wisdom and in growing kindness, transformed by making amends and by forgiving, transformed by risking faithfully and cherishing what matters, transformed in our wondering and our forbearance, transformed with each breath in the mystery and wow of this all. Amen.