Bring Light to the World

CandlesIn this season of Advent, as we wait for the light to return, I find myself ever more conscious of the pain and suffering of the world, especially with what’s gone on recently in Ferguson and New York and so many other places.

This week in UU Wellspring – Faithful Action (the newest Wellspring curriculum, still in the pilot phase), we wrestled with the complex topic of privilege, the benefits we garner simply by virtue of belonging to certain groups.

The opening reading for the session expresses the need to keep our eyes open to our own privilege and our hearts open to those who are suffering, struggling with injustice, in need of kindness.

May we all bring light to the world.

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with discomfort

At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships

So that we may live from deep within our hearts.


May God bless us with anger

At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations

So that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.


May God bless us with tears

To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,

So that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and

To turn their pain into joy.


And may God bless us with just enough foolishness

To believe that we can make a difference in the world,

So that we can do what others claim cannot be done:

To bring justice and kindness to all our children

and all our neighbors who are poor.



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