Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! So great to be with on this Palm Sunday morning here in the little, tiny, tiny town of Osterville, a mere football toss away from the equally fine hamlet of Hyannis Port, the former home to President Jack Kennedy, his beautiful wife Jackie and the rest of that extraordinary American family, who changed the lives of so many through self LESS actions, striving for the high ideals that this beautiful country was founded upon over 236 years ago. The weather outside is frightful today, as the entire country has endured some pretty violent storms, starting with the tornadoes in Oklahoma, with the system moving through North Carolina last night, and now on top of the New England region. Powerful winds and driving rains will not dampen the spirit of the day, however, as we all know this is Palm Sunday and a happy one to all who celebrate this day, a day that is both mysterious and joyful, hopeful and optimistic, when so much heartache is happening all around us, 24/7. The reality of the day is marked with some who will look forward to hunting for Easter eggs that are hidden amongst the flowers and the trees. For others, that day will be of quite reflection of what really happened over 2000 years ago, and how the words of one man, have transformed this world forever. Words and deeds that were more powerful than any bullet, bomb or blast, and certainly not forgotten as we are all hard pressed to remember the generals of war that came from that same era. Those men are long forgotten, but a man who walked in PEACE lives on forever. I believe we can all take some comfort in that. So as we all enjoy this day, whatever your religious affiliation, or lack of one, is, for religion and spirituality are not really one and the same, let us remember our brothers and sisters in Japan, who are struggling with a major mess, a month after the horrific earthquake and tsunami that struck that area. So many still missing, so much radiation still leaking out into our precious environment, and so many still mourning the loss of loved ones, who, “but for the GRACE of GOD go I”. I have always been of the mindset that religion is for people who are afraid of hell, and spirituality is for those who have already been there. May you and yours be safe and well on this day that begins the representation of the rebirth of flowers, whales, dolphins and people–for is that not what SPRING really is? Many blessings and much abundant LOVE! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
April 17, 2011
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