Soul Fiber: Annual Week of Prayer

 

The World Council of Churches is a conglomerate of churches that invites prayers Pj_Photo_2worldwide during the Annual Week of Prayer to focus on a particular event in the life of Christ that points us to unity; specifically the prayer of Jesus for His Disciples as recorded in John 17:21. This fellowship of churches confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior and they seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God whom they identify as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. What about Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One. And ‘who’ are the Disciples for whom Jesus is praying? The twelve, the forty (that included women), the seventy (that included women), or the millions to come (that include ‘whosoever will)?

We submit that these questions and others like it should be clearly answered to make this annual event relevant. In this day where there is so much effort to back pedal on accomplishments in the area of human rights and civil rights, very often there is an advance in religious rights that have actually been taken hostage by fundamentalist who support theological battering of women, poor people, and our gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex, ally’s and same-gender-loving saints. As my Bishop Flunder often reminds us ‘whosoever’ will does not always mean ‘you-so-ever will.’

These are critical times to be in prayer. No doubt about it. However, a ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,’ is somewhat exclusionary unless the unspoken implication is that it is only for Christians (who do seem to be in need of unity). But it begs the questions “were Jesus and His disciples Christian?” They were not. Therefore, are we Christians because that’s what Paul named us (Acts 11:26) or are we the people of The Way (I am the Way, for example) or, best of all, are we Disciples of Christ – the clearest of all identities if that’s what we’re doing.

More importantly, let’s continue praying during and beyond the annual Week of Prayer for unity, radical inclusive theology, extravagant hospitality, and peace of mind.

Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,

their families and, especially their children.

Soul Fiber: How to Make Everyday New

It is relatively easy to lose count of the number of times we hear or say “HAPPY NEWPj_Photo_2 YEAR” on January 1. It is a common cliché that many say unconsciously. We can make every year and everyday a new and fresh happy occasion on a daily bases. Every day, sooner rather than later after becoming awake, go to you mirror and say to the image in the mirror “Happy New Day.” That sets the tone for the next several hours. Every time something is said, done, or thought that takes youyou’re your game or even slightly distracts you, remember your time in the mirror and say to yourself and to the distraction “Happy New Day.”

One song writer writes: “Great is Your faithfulness…morning my morning new mercies I see….” It’s happening all around you. Person by person, one at a time and perhaps in groups at a time, humanity is connecting with their divinity and waking up to new realities that have been with us from birth. Individuals are beginning to notice nature and spirit, the natural and the spiritual, the common and the cosmos, space and time, eternity and infinity as One. Eckhart makes untold references to awakening the life force that we call Spirit in his book THE POWER OF NOW.

We submit that the most important reference is “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” A second reference of great importance is “What appears to us as space in our universe perceived through the mind and the senses is the Unmanifested itself, externalized. It is the ‘body’ of God.” Eckhart further surmises that God is more than with us, God is within us. Somebody once said “when I find myself I find God and when I find God I find myself.” Jesus puts it this way “seek first the realm of God within.”

All these sayings are excellent ways to make every day new.

Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,

their families and, especially their children.