November 15 Edevotional
I just finished listening to a wonderful Terry Gross’ interview, of NPR’s Fresh Air, with Fr. Greg Boyle, of LA’s Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries works with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. It’s a fascinating interview. Fr. Boyle speaks of transforming the pain of these young people, the kind of unspeakable pain, living in a lethal absence of hope, that is turned into violence, deadened with drugs, and pain that is then inflicted on to others. Isn’t this what we all are too often taught to do with our pain? Perhaps in my privileged world I will not choose gangs or violence as a way of dealing with pain, but I will surely hide it, deaden it, ask God to take it away, try and live around it or above it, and deny that it is there. Such a culture of unacknowledged pain minus hope plus access to lethal weapons equals harm to myself and others. Later in the interview, Terry Gross asks Fr. Boyle how he prays. “Do your prayers include petitions, a list of requests to God?” she asks. “No. Not any more.” I try to have a time of meditation twice a day,” Fr. Boyle explains. “In that time, I use a mantra. These days my prayer mantra is; I rest in You, You rest in Me.” I like that. A time of healing, of rest, of falling into the presence of God.
If you want to listen to the interview it was aired on WBEZ, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, 11/13/2017.
In her most recent book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest For True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, the author, Brene Brown writes of not only braving the wilderness where we may speak and think differently from friends or family but being the wilderness. Brown explains her struggle to reconcile her understanding of a quote from her heroine, Maya Angelou,
You are only free when you realize you belong no place–you belong every place–no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.
In our three-Sunday Advent reflection time, 9-9:30 am, December 3, 10, and 17 we will take our reflections from Brown’s book as we reflect on our theme, Making Room. We will be thinking and praying on what we need to clear out in order to make room for our true belonging to our God become flesh with us. The children will have their own reflection time with Christine, Minister of Children and Youth.
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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Wednesday Nov 22 7:00pm
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November 29 7:00 pm
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