Reverend Judith talked today about a couple of famous New Englanders...John Winthrop and Anne Hutchinson. John Winthrop got a little agitated when his direct conduit to God was challenged by Ms. Hutchinson who claimed that she was also chatting with God. So agitated that he excommunicated her and she had to leave the state. She and her family were killed by Native Americans in New York. This was all a backdrop to the idea that we are in charge of our religious communities and our relationship with our God. Back in the day, this was a pretty radical idea. Now it seems we are too distracted to think about what God is.
One of the things I like about Sundays and the structure of church is that it forces me to unplug, and become contemplative, at least for an hour. There is always music and some readings to think about. For me, that it is pretty damn close to hanging with God. Today's reading talked about remembering "our highest resolve." I am so good at lofty resolutions, to whit:
--for every Justice purchase (local kid's store), I will force my daughter to do a real act of justice
--no more canned soda after reading "the history of stuff"
--help a local crafter in need get her goods in the appropriate stores
--get the Eminem song off my daughter's itouch
--more yoga, more meditation
--maybe get the Eminem song off my Ipod
--read some articles on censoring
And so it goes.....our highest resolve, however much we fail should always be our guide. Every time I pop the top of a can, I need to be reminded of the excessive nature of that act. Start somewhere and fail because one day, you won't.
Speaking of resolve, Cliff over at www.thisisthis.org is running a marathon in a couple of weeks. The cool part of this story is that he wasn't really a runner 9 months ago. An example of "higher resolve". I like his blog because I think the Brits have way better curse words. They sound slightly bemused when in point of fact, they could be going postal. Happy trails Cliff!