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2020 Anonymous

    

Published 2020-09-25


 

2020

 

OK, I am really giving up this time speculating what will happen the rest of this year. What will happen with the pandemic, the election, the Supreme Court, hurricanes battering the Southeast, wild fires ravaging the Northwest, or even Christmas? I will not be surprise if we learn Christmas has been canceled this year because one of the elves exposes Santa to the coronavirus?  My only answer from now until Jan 1st is, “Well, it’s still 2020…”  Is 2020 a year or a dumpster fire?  Dunno, but it’s still 2020…

One of my most favorite spiritual teachers sent an email to his subscribers the other day, which I thought was really powerful and want to share. It reads in part:

In God alone is my soul at rest.
God is the source of my hope.
In God I find shelter, my rock, and my safety.
Men are but a puff of wind,
Men who think themselves important are a delusion.
Put them on a scale,
They are gone in a puff of wind.

—Psalm 62:5–9

“What could it mean to find rest like this in a world such as ours? Every day more and more people are facing the catastrophe of extreme weather. The neurotic news cycle... which amplifies the daily chaos. The pandemic that seems to be returning in waves continues to wreak suffering and disorder with no end in sight, and there is no guarantee of the future in an economy designed to protect the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and those subsisting at the margins of society.”

And he concluded, “If you will allow, I recommend for your spiritual practice for the next four months that you impose a moratorium on exactly how much news you are subject to—hopefully not more than an hour a day of television, social media, internet news, magazine and newspaper commentary, and/or political discussions. It will only tear you apart and pull you into the dualistic world of opinion and counter-opinion, not Divine Truth, which is always found in a bigger place.

Instead, I suggest that you use this time for some form of public service, volunteerism, mystical reading from the masters, prayer—or, preferably, all of the above.

        You have much to gain now and nothing to lose. Nothing at all. 
        And the world—with you as a stable center—has nothing to lose.
        And everything to gain.”    (Richard Rohr, September 19, 2020)

This is Jim again...  I have made that commitment to let go of the constant need “to know” by worrying about the future or anxiously partaking of the news for more than a total of an hour a day (national, world and especially political news, but local news isn’t included.  I still need my weather fix!) in favor of service, spiritual reading and/or prayer.  If you would like to join me I can even form a kind of virtul support group, send out some suggestions for alternatives maybe create a safe space for mutual sharing.  Send an email to jgordon@pineridge.org and put “2020 Anonamous” in the subject line.

 

 




Blog Archives

Purple Sunday 2020-11-27     Published 2020-11-27

Thanksgiving 2020 2020-11-20     Published 2020-11-20

Friday, November 13th 2020-11-13     Published 2020-11-13

Keep the Smoke Hole Open: Seek Vigil Not Isolation 2020-11-06     Published 2020-11-06

Your Vote Matters 2020-10-30     Published 2020-10-30

All Hallows Eve 2020-10-23     Published 2020-10-23

Vote 2020-10-16     Published 2020-10-16

“Mindful” by Mary Oliver 2020-10-09     Published 2020-10-09

Dandelion 2020-10-02     Published 2020-10-02

Presbyterians Affirm 2020-09-04     Published 2020-09-04

The Vinedresser's Notebook 2020-08-28     Published 2020-08-28

Good for our brains and our souls! 2020-08-21     Published 2020-08-21

Friday, July 31st 2020-07-31     Published 2020-07-31

“I could be totally blind, but I am not, praise God!” 2020-07-24     Published 2020-07-24

When We Think About Reopening the Church... 2020-07-10     Published 2020-07-10

Julian of Norwich 2020-07-03     Published 2020-07-03

The Love of God 2020-06-26     Published 2020-06-26

2020 2020-06-19     Published 2020-06-19

Deep Listening - Starting the Conversation 2020-06-12     Published 2020-06-12

Friday, June 5th 2020 2020-06-05     Published 2020-06-05

Carefully and Prayerfully 2020-05-22     Published 2020-05-22

Friday, May 15 2020 2020-05-22     Published 2020-05-22

“I love to tell the story of Jesus and his love.” 2020-05-08     Published 2020-05-08

Friday, May 1st 2020-05-01     Published 2020-05-01

Christ is Risen 2020-04-17     Published 2020-04-17

Keep Calm and Keep Learning 2020-04-10     Published 2020-04-10

COVID-19 - Dogs 2020-04-03     Published 2020-04-03

COVID-19 First Week 2020-03-27     Published 2020-03-27

COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-03-20     Published 2020-03-20

COVID-19 2020-03-15     Published 2020-03-15

Happieness 2020-03-06     Published 2020-03-06

Ash Wednesday 2020-02-28     Published 2020-02-28

God is found exactly in the messiest of places 2020-02-21     Published 2020-02-21

February 14th, 2020 2020-02-14     Published 2020-02-14

They Won! 2020-02-07     Published 2020-02-07

Have You Heard? 2020-01-31     Published 2020-01-31

Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service 2020-01-10     Published 2020-01-10

Statistics Part 2 2020-01-03     Published 2020-01-03

Statistics Part 1 2019-12-27     Published 2019-12-27

Merry Christmas 2019-12-20     Published 2019-12-20

The Presence of God 2019-12-13     Published 2019-12-13

Advent Is For Waiting 2019-12-06     Published 2019-12-06

Happy Thanksgiving 2019-11-29     Published 2019-11-29

God is Love 2019-11-22     Published 2019-11-22

Wild Geese 2019-11-15     Published 2019-11-15

Nominations Now Open 2019-11-08     Published 2019-11-08

All Saints Day 2019-11-01     Published 2019-11-01

Lies The Culture Tells Us (Part 2) 2019-10-25     Published 2019-10-25

Lies The Culture Tells Us 2019-10-18     Published 2019-10-18

Blessing of the Animals 2019-10-11     Published 2019-10-11

The Cloud of Unknowing 2019-09-27     Published 2019-09-27

The Web 2019-09-20     Published 2019-09-20

Elizabeth Joy "Ellie" Gordon 2019-09-13     Published 2019-09-13

All Things New 2019-09-06     Published 2019-09-06

We Believe Take 2 2019-08-30     Published 2019-08-30

We Believe... 2019-08-23     Published 2019-08-23

August 16, 2019 2019-08-16     Published 2019-08-16

Reflections of sitting by a stream 2019-08-09     Published 2019-08-09

August 2nd 2019 2019-08-02     Published 2019-08-02

July 26th 2019 2019-07-26     Published 2019-07-26

The First Presbyterian on the Moon 2019-07-19     Published 2019-07-19

Reflection of Cynthia Bourgeault 2019-07-12     Published 2019-07-12

Pine Ridge History 2019-07-05     Published 2019-07-05

Highlands Presbyterian 2019-06-28     Published 2019-06-28

God alone is Lord of the conscience, part 2 2019-06-21     Published 2019-06-21

God alone is Lord of the conscience, part 1 2019-06-14     Published 2019-06-14

D-Day 75th Anniversary 2019-06-07     Published 2019-06-07

Rain 2019-05-31     Published 2019-05-31

It Is Time 2019-05-24     Published 2019-05-24

Seen any good movies lately? 2019-05-17     Published 2019-05-17

Prayer is... 2019-05-10     Published 2019-05-10

Where Does God Live? 2019-05-03     Published 2019-05-03

Expect Resurrection! 2019-04-25     Published 2019-04-25

Notre Dame 2019-04-18     Published 2019-04-18

Dying Before We Die (Part 2) 2019-04-11     Published 2019-04-11

The Golden Gate 2019-04-04     Published 2019-04-04

What is Lent? 2019-03-28     Published 2019-03-28

Nothing and Everything 2019-03-22     Published 2019-03-22

Saint Patrick 2019-03-14     Published 2019-03-14

Ash Wednesday 2019-03-07     Published 2019-03-07

I Love My Church 2019-02-28     Published 2019-02-28

Immaculee Ilibagiza 2019-02-21     Published 2019-02-21

I Had Forgotten 2019-02-14     Published 2019-02-14

Chagall Isaiah 2019-02-07     Published 2019-02-07

Happy Groundhog Day 2019-01-31     Published 2019-01-31

God Sightings 2019-01-24     Published 2019-01-24

Boxers for Jesus and MLK 2019-01-17     Published 2019-01-17

Peace On Earth 2019-01-10     Published 2019-01-10

New Year's Prayer 2019-01-03     Published 2019-01-03

After Christmas 2018-12-27     Published 2018-12-27

12-20-2018 2018-12-20     Published 2018-12-20

Busy Yet? 2018-12-13     Published 2018-12-13

Oh Christmas Tree! 2018-12-06     Published 2018-12-06

Happy Purple Sunday 2018-11-29     Published 2018-11-29

Happy Thanksgiving 2018-11-15     Published 2018-11-15

Help Thanks Wow 2018-11-08     Published 2018-11-08

Havdalah 2018-11-01     Published 2018-11-01

Homelessness 2018-10-25     Published 2018-10-25

Changing Leaves 2018-10-18     Published 2018-10-18

Savor The Sabbath 2018-10-11     Published 2018-10-11

World Communion Sunday 2018-10-04     Published 2018-10-04

Me Too 2018-09-27     Published 2018-09-27

100! 2018-09-20     Published 2018-09-20

From Thoughts in Solitude 2018-09-13     Published 2018-09-13

Yugen 2018-09-06     Published 2018-09-06

Mystics 2018-08-30     Published 2018-08-30

The Kids Were Amazing 2018-08-23     Published 2018-08-23

First Day 2018-08-16     Published 2018-08-16

Ask The Birds 2018-08-09     Published 2018-08-09

What Do They Really Need? 2018-07-26     Published 2018-07-26

A Moment of Grace 2018-07-19     Published 2018-07-19

Won't You Be My Neighbor 2018-07-12     Published 2018-07-12

Generosity 2018-06-28     Published 2018-06-28

Imago Dei 2018-06-21     Published 2018-06-21

A Heartfelt Thank You 2018-06-07     Published 2018-06-07

Starbucks 2018-05-31     Published 2018-05-31

Change in Worship 2018-05-24     Published 2018-05-24

Mike Dieleman, Chair of the Finance Committee 2018-05-17     Published 2018-05-17

Happy Mother's Day 2018-05-10     Published 2018-05-10

Death Cafe Goes to Sunday School 2018-05-03     Published 2018-05-03

National Pretzel Day 2018-04-26     Published 2018-04-26

Breathe In Knowing You Are Loved 2018-04-19     Published 2018-04-19

Resurrection Life 2018-04-12     Published 2018-04-12

Seeing Resurrection 2018-04-05     Published 2018-04-05

Happy Easter 2018-03-29     Published 2018-03-29

This is Palm/Passion Sunday 2018-03-22     Published 2018-03-22

Task Force Groups 2018-03-15     Published 2018-03-15

Spring Forward! 2018-03-08     Published 2018-03-08

Curling and Jesus 2018-03-02     Published 2018-03-02

I Don't Know What To Say 2018-02-23     Published 2018-02-23

Gratitude is the Heart of Prayer 2018-02-16     Published 2018-02-16

Jennifer's Departure 2018-02-01     Published 2018-02-01

One Sentence 2018-01-25     Published 2018-01-25

Day of Service on MLK Day at LAMP 2018-01-18     Published 2018-01-18

Never Waste A Good Crisis 2018-01-11     Published 2018-01-11

New Year Resolutions 2018-01-04     Published 2018-01-04

New Year Blessings 2017-12-31     Published 2017-12-31

Merry Christmas! 2017-12-20     Published 2017-12-20

An Oxymoron 2017-12-13     Published 2017-12-13

Blue Christmas 2017-12-06     Published 2017-12-06

Purple Sunday 2017-11-30     Published 2017-11-30

A Successful Trip 2017-11-12     Published 2017-11-12

Happy Halloween 2017-10-26     Published 2017-10-26

I Am The Vine 2017-10-19     Published 2017-10-19

The Warning Signs 2017-10-05     Published 2017-10-05

Creating Quiet Space 2017-09-28     Published 2017-09-28

You go girl! 2017-09-14     Published 2017-09-14

Out of Chaos, Hope x2 2017-09-06     Published 2017-09-06

Out of Chaos, Hope 2017-08-31     Published 2017-08-31

A Slippery Slope 2017-08-24     Published 2017-08-24

Live In Peace 2017-08-17     Published 2017-08-17

Caring for Creation 2017-08-10     Published 2017-08-10

The Bowl 2017-08-03     Published 2017-08-03

Journey of Our Soul; May It Be Long and Winding 2017-06-22     Published 2017-06-22

Loving Day 2017-06-15     Published 2017-06-15

Kindergarten Graduation 2017-05-25     Published 2017-05-25

The Beginning of Something Else 2017-05-18     Published 2017-05-18

Happy Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you! 2017-05-04     Published 2017-05-04

Happy Easter 2017-04-13     Published 2017-04-13

Warm Greetings from Genova, Guatemala 2017-04-06     Published 2017-04-06

International Day of Happiness 2017-03-23     Published 2017-03-23

Spiritual But Not Religious 2017-03-16     Published 2017-03-16

Night Prayer 2017-03-08     Published 2017-03-08

Lent 2017-03-01     Published 2017-03-01

Yūgen 2017-02-23     Published 2017-02-23

It's a Beautiful Day 2017-02-16     Published 2017-02-16

Jesus is in your boat! 2017-02-09     Published 2017-02-09

Happy Ground Hog Day! 2017-02-03     Published 2017-02-03

We All Are Constantly in Motion 2017-01-18     Published 2017-01-18

January Retreat 2017-01-11     Published 2017-01-11

Wishing You a Very Challenging New Year 2016-12-29     Published 2016-12-29

Mary Christmas 2016-12-21     Published 2016-12-21

It's Time to Put the X back in Christmas 2016-12-14     Published 2016-12-14

First Week in Advent 2016-11-30     Published 2016-11-30

Happy Thanksgiving 2016-11-16     Published 2016-11-16

"On Election Day 1884" 2016-11-09     Published 2016-11-09

First Ever Blessing of the Animals 2016-11-02     Published 2016-11-02