In just one week we have witnessed the power of resistance and the reckless use of power in full force. Many of us found our spirits lifted by the strength of the people joining together in women's marches around the world. In the few days since, the assaults on our religious values have been fast and furious. As we discern the ways we are called now, let us be guided by what matters most of all. We share with you the truth of one among us as a blessing and a prayer for your vital ministries.
A strange and dangerous chaos is erupting before us. It clashes with what I know to be true: love is what is most important and sustaining. Love endures. Love inspires. Love heals. Love is.
Love's other names are God, Yahweh, Allah, Quan Yin, the Buddha, and Brahman-- to name just a few.
I am a hospital chaplain. I have had the honor of bearing witness to countless families in their most vulnerable and excruciating hours as they say farewell to their loved ones. Wealth. Power. Possessions. Privilege. Prestige. None of these matter in our last moments when the meaning of our lives unfolds and there rests the solemn truth that love, and how we love, is all there is and ever shall be.
What is the essence of your life?
What is the essence of our religious movement?
And how shall we move into the future?
May we draw from the endless fount of love.
Rev. Melitta L. Haslund
On-Call Chaplain, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Adjunct Faculty, Santa Barbara City College