Our theme for Soul Matters each month is framed as a question. For May the question is “What does It mean to be a people of blessing?”
I love how the monthly Soul Matters themes are framed in the context of us as “a people”. It reminds me that these religious questions reflect our lives’ struggles, but they also let us know that we are not alone. Our religious community is a place where we can wonder and wrestle together. Last month I wrote about the possibility of doing a “revisioning” process for Religious Education for children and youth. Before we start out, I invite you pause this month to consider the blessings that families, children and youth receive from our RE program and from our religious community. And, as you’ll read at the end of this blog, the follow up question is “How are these blessings leading you to bless others?”
In joyful service,
A Soul Matters facilitator writes, “I guess after plan A. fails, I need to remember there’s a whole alphabet.”
It’s not just our friend who needs help remembering that “there’s a whole alphabet” out there; it’s all of us. We all get stuck in wanting things a certain way. We all, at times, focus so intently on the few things going wrong that we completely miss the dozens of things that are going right. Tunnel vision too often takes over our days.
For us as Unitarian Universalist, “a life of blessing” is less about securing eternal reward or forgiveness; it’s more about widening our view.
And there’s a lot at stake when it comes to this wider view. When the world seems stingy to us, we are stingy to others. Those who feel blessed have little trouble sharing blessings with others. Our tradition takes this calculus seriously. As UU minister, Rev. Don Wheat, puts it “The religious person is a grateful person, and the grateful person is the generous person.”
So this month the question in front of all of us is not simply “Do you notice the blessings all around you?” It’s also, “How are the blessings in your life leading you to bless others?” There is indeed a whole alphabet out there. May we notice it, and help each other do the same.