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Rev. Rod Richards: Meditation on the Border

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Jun 23, 2012

Meditation on the Border

Saturday, June 23, 2012 / General Assembly / Phoenix, AZ

By Rev. Rod Richards

We humans are the line-drawers. We are the border-makers. We are the boundary-testers. We are the census-takers. We draw a line to separate this from that, so that we can see clearly what each is. We create a border to define our place, so we can take care of what’s there. We test boundaries to find if they are real; if they are necessary; if they are just. We congregate within those boundaries in families and tribes and cities and countries that we call “us.” And we call people on the other side “them.”

But our minds seek boundaries that our hearts know not. The lines we draw disappear when viewed with eyes of compassion. The recognition of human kinship does not end at any border we have created. A wiser part of us knows that the other is us, and we are the other.

Let justice flow like water and peace like a never-ending stream. Let compassion glow like sunlight and love like an ever-shining beam. The rain—the blessed rain when it comes—the sunshine; the breeze; the life-giving air we breathe; they know no boundaries. Neither do our compassion; our good will; our concern for one another. God has no borders. Love has no borders. Let us lift up the awareness of our unity as we celebrate the awesome patterns of our diversity on this beautiful day.

Rev. Rod Richards is presently serving the UU Church of Southeastern Arizona in Sierra Vista; beginning August 1 at the UU Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County.

Rev. Rod Richards is presently serving the UU Church of Southeastern Arizona in Sierra Vista; beginning August 1, he will be serving at the UU Fellowship of San Luis Obispo County.

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