“Reverence for All Life.”
While change seems to be occurring all around us—all over the planet in fact—the one thing that remains constant, is Truth.
This is our ‘anchor’ in life, especially when so much seems to be falling apart or disintegrating; and may we, this year as we find ourselves perhaps being moved out of prior comfort zones, allow ourselves to be filled to overflowing with reverence and gratitude for the Truth that is and always will be.
I believe that our survival as a species depends on our reverence for all Life; and more to the point, our reverence for the originating Source of all Life, all Creation, whatever name we know it by. We spend too much time and energy anxious about the future and all the “what if’s.”
We live differently when we open our minds and hearts to the sacredness in all things; when we are mindful of the Life behind or beyond what we perceive with the human eyes and through the human senses and perceptions.
Each and every individual is part of the tapestry of Life; each a part of the whole; each has a purpose and role to play.
British organic chemist and creation scientist, A.E. Wilder Smith, stated that:
“The tapestry of life begins with a single thread. A single fertilized egg (zygote), the size of a pinhead, contains chemical instructions that would fill more than 500,000 printed pages!
The genetic information contained in this ‘encyclopaedia’ determines every potential physical aspect of the developing human from height to hair colour. In time the fertilized egg divides into the 75 trillion cells that make up the human body, including 12 million brain cells, with a capacity to form over 120 trillion connections.”
Well, the patterns or styles relating to height and hair colour may differ, but at the very core of our being we are designed equally; the “architect stamp” is the same. In Spirit we are One.
We have so many opportunities each day for the practice of reverence. In other words, make reverence a habit. As we sit in meditation before our Sunday Service, we have a wonderful opportunity to reverentially go within; and as we touch that place of deep Silence where the soul meets its God, in our profound experience, we have become like a lighted candle, lighting and uplifting those around us.
I share now these words of reminder from Robert Browning:
“There is an inmost centre in us all, where truth abides in fullness; and to know, rather consists in opening out a way where the imprisoned splendour may escape, than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without.”
Rainer Maria Rilke says much the same thing in these words:
“And the world that is looked at so deeply wants to be looked at in love…… The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.”
We are the evidence of the existence of our Creator, who saw all that was made and called it Good; and it still is Good. We identify with this absolute Goodness when we experience It in the stillness.
“Look unto Me and be ye saved all the ends of the earth; for I am God and there is none else.”
I share these words from Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu:
“When will we learn that human beings are of infinite value because they have been created in the image of God, and that it is blasphemy to treat them as if they were less than this?”