Merriam Webster defines mercy as compassion or forbearanc; lenient or compassionate treatment; a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion; a fortunate circumstance; or compassionate treatment of those in distress.
In “Seeking Mercy, Seeking Home” Rev. Erika A. Hewitt discusses immigration and mercy.
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Hunger is both a physical and spiritual thing. Aisha Ansano describes her thoughts about filling us up at “Dinner Church“.
Bruce Southworth gives thought to spiritual hunger in “In Our Hungering for Meaning
What are some of your favorite ways to combat spiritual hunger? Do any of them translate into ways to combat physical hunger?
The dictionary defines search as “try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly”
Linda M Hansen describes searching in her meditation “May We Seek the True Questions”
Merriam Webster defines courage as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. The root of the word comes from the Latin “cor” meaning heart. Courage is to me bravery that comes from the heart.
Our reading today is from Marisol Caballero who wrote “Courage requires Vulnerability”
The dictionary defines acceptance as a) the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group and b) the action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered.
“There’s my Temple” is an affirmation about acceptance from Ma Theresa Gustilo Gallardo.
Merriam Webster defines bravery as the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty and as showy display.
I could think of nothing that exemplifies both of those definitions more than Pride. So for today’s words, I have chosen For Pride by Lois Van Leer.
“Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus. The name derives from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming.” Marked over the course of the four Sundays before Christmas, Advent is traditionally celebrated with an advent wreath: a ring of evergreen with 3 purple candles and one pink one (or 4 purple candles) that represent: Hope, Love, Joy (pink) and Peace. ” – From the UUA Website
In her reading “Christmas Comes Whether you are Ready or Not“, Cynthia Frado discusses the feeling of not being ready for the season.
Here is a prayer from Cricket
In this time of waiting, may we hold the world in our hearts.
In this time of waiting, may we hold each other’s hands.
In this time of waiting, may we be thoughtful and introspective.
In this time of waiting, may we delight in the darkness and all it teaches us.
In this time of waiting, may we rekindle the fires of hope, love joy, and peace within ourselves and our communities.
In this time of waiting, may we become ready for the coming day.
Today is the first day of lent. It’s also Valentine’s Day. So it is appropriate that the word for today is love.
Here is a meditation about love …
I also wanted to include music so here is Bon Voyage singing “Though I May Speak” at UUCC.
To close I would like to leave you with this prayer.
The world aches for us to join together and bring about healing, toil for justice, and produce ever-increasing love. This is our calling. Go forth and act accordingly. Amen.
Hope this helps you contemplate quiet.