Sermons

Turtle Wisdom

The feast of Epiphany – the start of a season in which we search for, become aware of the revelation of Christ and that carries us into the season of Lent. It marks the visitation from the Wise Men – itself a remarkable encounter. These people of note were considered abhorrent in the Jewish tradition because of their profession: astrologer. Still, it is through the lens of these humans that the world sees this baby as King of all, Lord of all, Savior of the world.

Perspective.

The German Philosopher submits:

“Attention . . . joins the perceiver and he perceived in a unifying field of awareness; it is the healer of separation.”

Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

He goes on to say:

“Prejudice  . . . means you don’t see the human being anymore, but only your own concept o that human being. To reduce the aliveness of another human being to a concept is already a form of violence.”

So to nullify the very life of another human being – because when a concept, category, label is ascribed to something, it is defined – static, unchanging – not alive – when another is nullified, a death has occurred, violence already done. Is it any wonder greater violence occurs, then, when an entire people group is reduced to a characteristic or concept that, when turned into a negative, perhaps even something to be feared?

To bring ones attention to another – and by attention, I mean being present to – not passing judgment, wondering how that person views me, or deciding what labels I give the other or what I expect from this encounter. To bring my attention to another, and invite the other to be present to me, we experience the now-ness of the moment. We are unified in our participation in this moment – and heal whatever could threatened our separateness.

And we open ourselves to a broader perspective – a Holy perspective, a Divine view.

And that is what this book is about.

Old Turtle, by Douglass Wood

Watercolors, by Cheng-Khee Chee

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Benediction

By the light of the star,
God led travelers to the Christ child.
When they saw the child
they were overwhelmed with joy.
By the light of divine love,
we gathered together.

Unified in Spirit, we encounter the living Christ
and taste the deepest joy.

Go now and follow the star.
Find the Christ child in those you meet.

And let the encounter open your eyes to see the beauty in all the Earth.

May the blessings of God’s love
fill your hearts with overwhelming joy.