Let Spirit Lead

Earlier this week, while observing members of the Morton Grove Mosque during evening prayers, I was flooded with a sense of the divine so powerful it brought me to tears. It's not an unfamiliar feeling, but hard to describe. The best I can do is say it's an odd blend of relief, awe and gratitude that is as overwhelming as it is comforting. It feels like coming home. It's how I imagine the Prodigal Son felt when, having squandered his inheritance on riotous living, was nonetheless welcomed home with robes, rings and a party.
 
What I appreciate most about tonight's Sharing Sacred Practices service, is that it reminds us such Homecomings are universal. Guest presenters from a variety of religious and faith communities remind us that no matter what form, language or activity we use to invoke the Divine, our experience of it is universal. It transcends the names we use for it, the practices we use to invoke it, and the words we use to describe it. It reminds us that while our ideas about God and how to worship are vastly different, even contradictory, our faiths are built upon common values such as love, compassion, altruism, humility and forgiveness. It reminds us we are connected in ways we can't fully comprehend. It reminds us of our unity and oneness.
 
Our focus tonight is not educational, though I expect you'll learn something about other faiths, and perhaps even deepen your own. Our focus is on experiencing the transcendent aspect of faith. It's a realm more easily accessed through the spiritual dimension of being rather than through body or mind. So come tonight, with an intention to simply allow. Allow your body and mind to quiet. Allow spirit to reveal itself. Allow the source of all creation to express our unity. Allow the power that guides the stars and shapes the earth to welcome you home.
 
In love and oneness,
Rev. Kurt