For International Cooperative Day
Bound together by this life, belonging already to one another, Beloved, may we appreciate, give thanks for, and choose constructive cooperation to bear healing to the world, to build generous societies, to care for the paths of peace. The blessing of cooperation is ours if only we will choose it. No blessing is without its challenges, its responsibilities, its burdens, its cares. The blessing of cooperation is ours if only we will live it, struggling with consensus, with listening, with respect, with equality, with valuing each one contributing to the whole. Beloved, what a blessing cooperation is! When we are flattened by life's storms or by injustices, our neighbors, our friends, our entire network of mutuality awakens, one node connecting with the next, and helps us heal, find justice, rebuild, and restore. Beloved, what a blessing cooperation is! Every gift is a responsibility, and what a gift the responsibility of caring for one another is - showing up when needed, helping as each of us can, dependent upon one another, and glad to be so, glad for the strength of togetherness, for the joy of togetherness, for the resilience of togetherness, for this blessing we create only together. Amen.