Monday, January 19, 2009

7 and 1/4 inches per day

Meditation delivered at the services on January 18th, 2009.

I’d like to suggest something specific for our meditation.

Quiet your minds, settle your bodies, and open your hearts.

Today’s meditation is inspired by the words of a colleague,
the Rev. James Kubal-Komoto.

Our meditation today is on something very specific.

7 and ¼ inches per day.

Slow your breathing. Imagine, if you can, that speed.

7 and ¼ inches per day.

A snail’s pace? Not even close, snails move 40 feet an hour.

7 and ¼ inches per day.

A glacially slow pace? Like the great sheets of ice that once reshaped this landscape? About that speed...

7 and ¼ inches per day.

It is the speed of a society.
It is the speed of a dream.
It is the speed of social justice.

45 years, 4 months, and 21 days ago,
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed his dream
for the United States of America.

2 days from now, Barack Hussein Obama
will stand in front of the U.S. Capitol
and will take the oath of office to become the
President of the United States.

The distance between those two points?

1.9 miles.

45 years, 4 months, 23 days.

A Dream. Protests. Solidarity. Martyrs. Fears. Hopes.
Heroes. Everyday People. Politics. Faith.

7 and ¼ inches per day.

Yes, it’s been a slow pace.

And we are no where near done. No where near done.

But we have come a long way.

Today, let us give thanks for all those who have
dreamed, worked, and sacrificed to get us this far.
Those who lived to see this day. Those that didn’t.

Today, let us celebrate how far we have come.
1.9 miles… and so much farther…

lets pick up the pace,
and see how far WE can move this dream along.

So May It Be.

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