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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05/25/2017

Every morning nature puts on a show for us to see, especially in Sedona, Arizona.  Wednesday morning at 4:47 a.m. I walked to the Airport Mesa, a popular spot for viewing sunrise and sunset in Sedona.  I had looked on the website www.timeanddate.com and found out that the sunrise on Wednesday morning was to be at 5:17 a.m.

When I arrived at the spot, there was only one gentleman waiting.  We nodded to each other and I found a place to stand to view the magnificence I knew I would see.  It was about 5:03 by this time.  Between 5:03 and 5:10 we accumulated about 12 other persons.  Each of us was finding that perfectly magical place to stand with either our cell phones or a camera to take that perfect picture, proving that we had experienced the sunrise.  Then it happened – 5:17 came and went and no sunrise. 

 One man kept checking his phone and mumbling to himself something I was unable to hear.  One woman kept saying to her husband, the website must have been wrong.  Another man ran back and forth to his car checking the time and putting on a jacket etc.  It was quite cool standing there waiting for the sun to peek over the horizon.  In full Denise form, I began to get tickled at all the frenetic activity, kind of like what many of us do when things don’t go the way we think they should go.  The next thought that went through me mind is “no one told the sun what time was on the internet; and, the universe has been doing this long before we ever got here, maybe we should just be still.”
I turned at one point and took a picture of two hot air balloons which were floating through the air in a magical way, predicting the sunrise was near.  By 5:22 many were moving back and forth from side to side, just making sure they were facing the right direction.  And then it happened, 5:23 a.m. the sun finally peeked up over the rim streaming rays of golden light our way.  Quite like magic I heard in my mind our spiritual community singing:  I need to be still and let God love me, I need to be still and let God love me, When this old world starts to pull and tug me, I need to be still and let God love me.
As we prepare for Sunday morning and The Earth is Our Mother Part 2 – what would being still and knowing that the creator of the universe has got this and can add a calm and peace to your life that nothing else could do?   For those of you who missed Part 1 – we will do a bit to catch you up as we continue on our journey of reconnecting to the Mother of us all. 

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.  Don’t go back to sleep.”  Rumi


                                  “Be still and know”.  Psalm 46


Rev. Denise

Denise’s Daring Day Dreams for 05/18/2017

I am traveling back this morning to the 80’s when I was a music/drama specialist at Ezell Harding Christian School.  One of the elementary grades studied the Native American Indian Tribes, and during that study I always taught a chant: 


“The Earth is our mother

We must take care of her

Hey Yanna Ho Yanna Hey Yon Yon


There were other verses like the Sky is our Father, the Sea is our Sister, the Forest is our Brother, and as we sang this chant and did the Indian Circle Dance Movement, the students began to discuss what it would have been like to live their lives like the Native American Indians – “close to the earth.” 

This Sunday we will begin a two part series entitled The Earth is Our Mother.  This Sunday’s focus is that at the core of our experiences as “earthlings” there is a Dance of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine in all of its forms.  In knowing and experiencing this Dance, we are charged as humans to keep the cadence or the rhythm as we move through our lives.  

What I realize on a daily basis is that sometimes I keep this cadence with grace and other times I resist the rhythm of the dance that I am called to experience.   When I resist the life rhythm that is within me and all around me, I cause myself stress and push against the evolving beauty that is right in front of me. 

The awesome Voices of Unity will be joining us this Sunday and Judy Bernard will be bringing her gongs to add another flavor to our celebration of Mother Earth. 

“Laudato Si”
Rev. Denise