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Chalica Day Seven

I’m sure some people are glad this is the seventh and last time I light these candles, this time in honor of “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” We need each other, our families, pets, and neighbors. But these bodies of ours also need the wind and stars, honeybees and rain showers, earthworms and sunlight, darkness and clean water, and who can forget trees? And what we do, choices we make, can affect so many more people, animals, plants, and far beyond than we even realize at the time. I want to make better choices, not just for human lives, but for all lives, and for the life of our planet. We are all expressing as God…..the differences between us are really superficial.  At our core, we are all connected, to each other, to God, and not really separate at all.  We’re in this together, and the more we remember and practice that, the more at peace we’ll be.  It’s fitting that this is where my seven days of Chalica candle lightings end. May the light of this season be with you.

~Sharon

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Chalica Day Six

This morning, I light six candles to honor “the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” Can there be anything much more important than this? We often don’t really act like a true community and it starts with each one of us in our little corner of the world, our home, our family, our work, our neighborhood. If we can’t get along with our next door neighbor and solve a dispute, how is global peace really possible? If shooting and killing and hurting people we disagree with is the answer, where is the hope for peace on a bigger scale? We all have the right to be here and we have to figure out a way to respect that and extend it to all our brothers and sisters, not just the ones that look like us, talk like us, worship like us, etc. We’re all different in form, and yet, deep down, we’re really a lot the same and want similar things for ourselves and our families, but we certainly haven’t found ways to get them because we only see the separateness and the differences. I want good things for other people, but not just certain other people, all people.  They are all my brothers and sisters; they are all me.  This candle today is important, and I’ll carry its flame in my heart continuously.

~Sharon

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Chalica Day Five

This morning, I light five candles in honor of “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” This really hits home this week with what is going on in this country. All lives matter, not just certain privileged ones; all voices deserve to be heard, and we have to have a conversation and really listen to each other.  As I told someone this morning, I have literally cried over what is happening here, the violence, the hatred. I can’t stay silent while so many people aren’t being treated democratically. My conscience just won’t allow it. When one person can’t breathe, really we are all suffocating.

~Sharon

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Chalica Day Four

This morning, I light four candles in honor of “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” I like the emphasis on free because as individuals we have different ways of looking at things. My spiritual journey has been fluid rather than static. What was true for me thirty years ago isn’t necessarily my truth now. But I especially appreciate the emphasis on responsible. Our truth, our actions, can and do affect much beyond ourselves and that is evident in the news every day. We are all connected to each other.  I try to be mindful of that, even though I fall short much too often.

~Sharon

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Chalica Day Three

This morning, I light three candles in honor of “acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.” We each have to find our own way, what connects us to that something bigger than ourselves, yet that joins us together. Spiritual paths aren’t one size fits all, and it takes some of us awhile to find the one that’s right. I appreciate the people in my life who let me be myself and didn’t try to force me in a particular way. I want to be that encouragement for others, too. For me, spiritual practice is so important to keep me grounded in the daily ups and downs. It can be as simple as reading from a special book before bed, saying a prayer of gratitude, or standing on my porch each night to look up at the sky full of stars.

~Sharon

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Chalica Day Two

This morning, I light two candles in honor of “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” I can’t let the fact that I’m just one person, and can sometimes do only something small, keep me from doing anything at all in the face of injustice. But I also have to remember that compassion is not reserved just for those I agree with. We need compassion in all relationships even when we are on different sides of an issue…..sometimes not so easy……but it may be the one thing that can make a difference.  I think, in fact, it WILL be.

 ~Sharon

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Chalica Day One

This morning, I light a candle to honor the “inherent worth and dignity of every person.” I will take that light with me, not just as words and thoughts, but also as actions, as various people cross my path today and in the days to come, some for a brief moment and others to share the journey for a longer while.

~Sharon

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