Meditation Response to Joys and Sorrows

This meditation written by Rev. Erin Gingrich, was given during the service on Feb. 9, 2014 (sermon here). It’s a beautiful meditation that reflects the feelings of many.

Meditation Response to Joys and Sorrows
by Rev. Erin Gingrich

Come into the circle of love and justice.
We do this when we share our joys and our sorrows.
Come,  claim your belonging
by opening your heart to each other’s woes and joys.
Come into the community of mercy, holiness and health.
Open your life to your neighbor,
not just your readily visible life,
but your inner life of clarity, complexity, and chaos.
Come share your humanity here and you shall know peace and joy.
Share yourself as sustenance for yourself and one another,
Come know peace as you rediscover you are not alone.

Through our sharing we surrender the false illusion that we are on our own,
isolated or disconnected.
Let us open ourselves to one another and experience this surrender.
Open and surrender our individual pains,
our frustrations, our shortcomings, our worries.
Let us surrender even our love, our delights,
our care for our beloveds, and our church.
Let us surrender, surrender, surrender…until we have realized
it is not us who holds the world together and instead
we can feel the world in us, connecting us, uniting us, holding us
all together.
Let us open and surrender to this connection and
its mostly silence presence together now.

May we ever continue to open and surrender into the connection that holds us all.

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