(Brooke’s generosity Blog)
June 14, 2020
“Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord,
my Rock and Salvation.” (Psalm 19:14)
Black lives matter!
To matter is to be worthy of attention, care, respect, and love. We need to feel that we matter in order to be our honest selves. As a person of privilege, I am profoundly aware that if I were to participate in a “Black Lives Matter” solidarity march I would have to have a sign that said: “I don’t understand. I don’t understand. But here I stand with you.”
A core value that Jesus demonstrated in word and deed was the value of all people. He stood for justice. He spoke to the oppressed. He gave unpleasant and unpalatable words to those in power. He died for this.
In a time of isolati0n, with anticipation and fear as we prepare to ‘re-open’ we need guideposts. Christians can be a voice for our commitment to love, truth, and fact.
The Psalmist is reminding us to notice the relationship between our hearts, minds, and words. Sometimes we are not sure what we really, really want. (‘So tell me what you want, what you really, really want’ springs to my deranged mind from the Spice Girls in 1996.)
Our inner realities come out of us in our language and behaviour. The Psalmist calls us to self-awareness. To look at our lives, cleanse our hearts, and then let our lives speak the truths we’ve experienced and the facts we’ve observed. This is not easy.
I practice mindfulness meditation. This was taught to the clergy support group I have been with since 1993. Each month we would start with mindfulness to get us ‘in’ to our inner voices and away from the demands of daily life. This exercise always made our conversations gentler and kinder.
Faith calls us to constant self-examination.
Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the parent of the Jesuits, invited people to practice a daily reflection on your spiritual life, involving the following steps:
- Thanksgiving for God’s presence.
- Prayer for illumination so that I might see myself as God’s beloved.
- Review of the past day (or period of time), noting moments of joy and sorrow.
- Prayer for forgiveness and transformation.
- Prayer for the day ahead that I might be in synch with God’s vision for my life.
Mindfulness or self-awareness moment by moment and day by day helps us speak the truth with love, share glad tidings, and be an agent of joy and healing. Let us guard our minds and hearts, feeding them on the soul food of truth and not the fast food of fabrication.
I am profoundly aware of my shortcomings when I encourage myself, and you, to let our words be healing even in times of conflict and challenges.
Let God’s love and justice speak through us in ways that bring reconciliation and wholeness. Let our words and meditations be holy and loving in the day ahead.
Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, who is our Rock and Companion. Amen.