Flourishing Where We Can

It’s OK to be “down”, to be momentarily overwhelmed by the world’s hatred and violence. It’s alright to feel the weight of it all for an instant. But don’t let yourself stay there too long.

Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek posted a blog called “I (don’t) believe in God“. In this post he deconstructs “God” as a character who might be cast in a middle school musical. It matters not whether you are believer or a skeptic, writes Rabbi Spodek; if “God” is tall, bearded, sitting on a throne all Zeus-like, what you have is an idol, not the divine.

Faith and hope are intimately intertwined, and both are desperately needed today. “The Truth of the Divine,” writes Rabbi Spodek, ” is the energy of life, pumping through everything, flourishing where it can, celebrated-and-helped or ignored-and-hindered by human effort.”

If you are “down” today, call a friend. And make a point of it to look around. See where the good is flourishing. It may not need anything from you other than to be noticed. And take a lesson from it – flourish today wherever you can.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.