Light and joy and peace abide in me.
If we imagine a person like an onion with layer upon layer upon layer of sludge, dirt, and detritus burying a brilliant, glistening, luminous diamond at our heart, we get a sense of what today’s lesson is conveying. Light and joy and peace abide in me although I may not see it yet, or be aware of it yet. But it’s there whether we see it and are aware of it or not. That brilliant diamond in our heart is the Divine Spark from which we emerged in our incarnation and which is part of us eternally.
In the third step of Alcoholics Anonymous, we make the decision to set all the sludge and dirt and detritus aside and focus on the brilliant diamond within. In the eleventh step we decided to seek through prayer and meditation our conscious awareness of the Divine Spark within where light and joy and peace abide.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person which emanates from the light and joy and peace which abide deep down in our minds and which our faith tells us is there even though it often seems buried so deep that we might doubt its existence.
Today, we are asked to remind ourselves and reflect for 5 minutes at the beginning of every waking hour that light, joy, and peace abide within. Connecting with this Divine Spark we can sing, “Joy to the world.”
My Kind Of Church Music
Jeremiah was a bull frog, Three Dog Night