May 31, 2020
To the Members and Friends of the Swampscott Church of Spiritualism:
Happy Sunday! I hope this email finds each and every one of you healthy and well. Times sure have been challenging and, as a result, we are being asked to build upon our faith and spiritual core. However, let’s be honest: faith can be challenging. As Nicholas Sparks says in A Walk to Remember, “I don’t think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.” And while the Universe around us continues to operate, there are times where we certainly question and look for answers. Be certain, you do not need to have all of the answers. In fact, sometimes it might feel like you have none; however, living with faith is not about having the answers; instead, it is about what Corrie Ten Boom says in The Hiding Place: believe in “every experience God gives [you]; every person he puts in [your life] is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.” Pronouns aside, I think this quote is apropos.
If you have turned on the TV or paid attention to the world in these past few days, our faith in the goodness of people has also been tested. I would like to take a moment to address the injustice we have certainly all witnessed with the death of George Floyd. Certainly, it is unsettling. Somehow, racism and hatred still saturate humanity. Do not be confused: discrimination and racial inequality is deeply embedded in our country. Just because it doesn’t impact you, personally, does not mean that it doesn’t exist. As incidents like this bring to light long standing battles against racism, I would be remiss if I didn’t think about how Spiritualism has always stood for the good of humanity. This goes back to the role Spiritualism played in the abolitionist movement of the 1800s. Not so long ago, the founders of our faith saw the value in all human life – both here and in spirit – and, as such, built our foundation on the concept that we are all part of the same infinite source. So, while our church doors remain closed and the platform we speak from has changed, we must stand united in the fight for human rights of all people.
To connect spiritually, we often focus our energy and attention toward our breath. I am not talking about breath to be insensitive, but to highlight a point. We acknowledge that the breath is the central driving force of not only our physical being, but by being present in each breath we can settle into the universal flow and spiritual guidance of the universe. Today, we have an obligation to appreciate each and every breath so much more. And, more importantly, we have the onus to stand up whenever we witness injustices. They cannot be allowed. In your days ahead, I challenge you to take some time stepping into your breath and sending love, healing and positive energy out to the universe, especially to those personally afflicted with these wrongs. While you may or may not physically protest, you can certainly start by protesting with your energy. Choose love and acceptance for all and do as our healing prayer states: “I will do my part.”
As you continue to navigate your way through our changing world, and many things remain unknown about the days ahead, I hope that you know you are loved. Our energy may be separate physically, but we are all connected through our faith. Moreover, we are all connected through our love, our healing and our positive energy. Sending affection to all of you and your families.
Yours in faith,