April 12, 2020 – Happy Easter?

Happy Easter…happy spring…happy renewal…

Here’s a message I received from my dear cousin Michele this morning. It’s got me chair-dancing. Thanks Michele – and Pharrell!

Easter, Passover, Ramadan, whatever your views on traditional religion, this is a time for family and friends to gather. Tonight our family is gathering on Zoom, from our three cities and seven households, to celebrate our connections. Many of us are finding that our imposed isolation from Covid 19 is causing us to appreciate our bonds, and actually connect more than we ever had. We now have a standing dinner date with our daughter who lives in Vancouver. We haven’t eaten together this regularly since she was…13?

My friend Marion has just reminded me of these beautiful words from Leonard Cohen:

Ring the bells that still can ring 

Forget your perfect offering 

There’s a crack in everything 

That’s how the light gets in 

In honour of Easter (I’m from the Christian tradition), I’ll offer a prayer that helps me to set my intentions for the day and the season ahead:

God of the Universe,

In whom we are all one,

I surrender into your constant current.

Open my mind that I might be free of judgement,

And help me to accept the world as it is today.

Open my heart that I might give and receive love.

Open my hands that I might give and receive blessing.

Guide my feet as I walk my path today.

Open my eyes to see the miracles along the way.

I ask these things with a humble and grateful heart.

Amen, amen, amen…

Aah woman, aah woman, aah woman.

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