Share Four Somethings is a new regular blog post I began this year modeling after several of my blogger friends who publish bits of wisdom in four categories.
I love this practice as it collects moments for reflection and growth. These “somethings” become markers in our spiritual journey. With so much pivoting and uncertainty in our lives right now, being grounded in a simple practice like this guides my way.
I listened to my heart and to God and narrowed down my four categories and to see what they will teach me this year.
- Something Wise
- Something Wonderful
- Something Whispered
- Something Whimsical
Each one reminds me to pay attention to these qualities in my life as gifts from God. I am learning that whimsical is the hardest one for me to capture and one that need the most coaxing to appear.
Ubuntu describes an African saying: “I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu explained it this way: “One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu — the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness … We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”
Ubuntu. Community. Interconnectedness. When one suffers, we all do. When one rejoices, we all do. I may be only one, but one act of kindness reverberates beyond our imagination.
March’s theme for me was reconnection and we spent time with lifelong friends and scheduled upcoming visits and dinners with others. Friends matters. What joy it is to be intentional in our relationships.
I know I am not the only one with daily prayers for Ukraine and for peace. Here is a site with very specific prayer requests. Stand with Ukraine.
Here is the prayer I have used in our weekly Lenten services and in my morning prayers:
O God, as war between Russia and Ukraine rages, we pray:
- For all in hiding, searching for safety…
- For those forced to take up arms…
- For all journeying to new lands, leaving behind homes and loved ones…
- For children surrounded by confusion and chaos…
- For those in Russia who bravely advocate for peace…
- For journalists risking safety to report the truth about daily events…
- For those consumed by the power to dominate and control, that they are filled with compassion for all people…
- For the difficult work of diplomats, world leaders, and international organizations …
- For all providing welcome, protection, and sustenance to those who have fled…
- For medical workers as they attend to the injured…
- For all grieving those who have died…
In your mercy, receive our prayer.
This poem by Mary Oliver made me laugh out loud and so me when I get full of ‘poor me” syndrome. What a great image to remember and remind me that just showing up daily to the present task at hand is often my next right step.
“I go down to the shore in the morning
And depending on the hour the waves
Are rolling in or moving out,
And I say, oh, I am miserable,
What shall –
What should I do? And the seas says
In its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.”
Even as I type this poem days later, I smile.
What is something stirring in your spirit this past month?
Lisa notes says
Interconnectedness is such an intriguing concept. I’ve been considering it more lately. What a great quote: “I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.” The Mary Oliver poem makes me smile too. 🙂
Loved the imagery in that Mary Oliver poem. still smiling too,
Nancy Ruegg says
I love your prayer for the Ukrainian people, Jean. It sweeps far and wide to include the many groups impacted by this conflict. The following quote, copied from a friend’s FB post, stirred my heart this past month: “There is no perfect life, no perfect job, no perfect childhood, no perfect marriage, and no set of people who always do what you expect them to do. What we do have is a perfect God who is able to lead us through this imperfect life with unfailing strength, impeccable wisdom, and infinite love.” That breathed encouragement into my spirit!
What a great quote, Nancy. Yes we do have a perfect God. Now to trust him fully!!
Jarm Del Bocco says
This is a clever concept, Jean! And thanks for your much-needed prayers for the Ukraine. 💗
It has been a great regular reminder to pause and reflect too, Lots of lessons in life if we pay attention!
Martha J Orlando says
Love those personalized prayers for the Ukrainian and Russian peoples, Jean. Oh, how the heartbreak of this conflict taints my everyday outlook. God willing, may this war end soon and peace be had once again.
amen to your prayer, Martha!