What are You Taking into 2022?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Jesus in Matthew 5:6

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet

As a child I loved helping my father with the annual inventory of the goods in his retail pharmacy business. It was a small establishment housed in a vintage building. The built-in shelves spanned the distance from the ceiling clear down to the floor. The shelves were so high you had to climb to the top of the old-fashioned attached rolling ladder and so low that you had to get down on hands and knees. I felt proud that I was trusted to work with a member of the sales staff on this essential task. My job was to go along with the adult, writing down the name of each item and how many were on hand, and noting which items were too old to keep. Rooting around in those shelves stirred up dust and made me sneeze! As it was a drug store, I discovered many remedies and ailments that I’d never heard of! It was an adventure. My reward was an ice cream soda from the soda fountain.

As 2021 draws to a close it’s our time too to take inventory. How much love do we have on our shelves? Hopefully it’s love both for ourselves and for others. How much serenity? How much faith in good? How much joy in living? How much constructive power? How much expression of beautiful creativity? Is there anything that has gotten too old to keep and it’s time to discard–like fear, resentment, or anxiety? This inventory task may require us to climb high and to bend low. It may even stir up some old dust and make us sneeze! And we will likely learn things about ourselves we hadn’t realized. Most of all we’ll discover that we’ve had a year full of blessings. We’ve had a year where we’ve grown in wisdom and in the knowing of how very much God’s love and Presence fill and surround us. We’ll be full of love and light, ready to welcome all the new good awaiting us in 2022.

In the Love and Light of the Christ,
Rev. Anna

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