The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.
Welcome to the new year, the month of January, and our monthly theme of Integrity.
As the United States deploys thousands of troops to the Middle East, the world questions our integrity as a country, and many of our citizens question the integrity of our own government. When will humans move beyond violence as a solution to problems or as a means of control?
L.R. Knost penned the quote above: The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. This has never been more true, so in the midst of the chaos that is a part of our world, remember the light that is in you, the light that is YOU, and radiate that light and love every chance you get.
Several of our congregants have family members who are currently in the military or reserves, and some of you have already been affected by the deployments. We’d love to send some cards of caring to your loved ones who are in the military. If this is something you think they’d appreciate, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I said to you in my holiday letter, since 2020 is a leap year, we’ll have 366 new days or as someone I know says: “We get 366 opportunities to live the best possible version of ourselves.” May it be so for each of us.
May we always live into who we say we are as individuals, as Unitarian Universalists, and as Beloved Community.
May we live into the ideals we espouse as a country. As a religious body, we cannot tell you who to vote for, but we can certainly encourage you to contact your representatives to let them know your thoughts about actions perceived as immoral or unethical—i.e., lacking integrity, and we can encourage everyone to vote!
Be sure to take time for self care, meditation, or whatever it is that grounds you in the days ahead. Blessed be, beloveds.
Peace and Light,
~Rev. Mary Frances