Early October Meditation

Rev Diane Rollert, 1 October 2017

Source of love,
Spirit of life,
Everything is connected.
The beginning and the ending,
the life we live in between.
Our imperfections and our pain.
This ground we stand on,
this firmament of blue sky that stretches out above us, 
the drops of water clinging to the fence,
reflecting the morning’s rising golden light,
the pine needles on the path,
and the falling leaves that crackle beneath.

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Letting Go

Rev. Diane Rollert, 24 September 2017

Ground of our being,
Source of life,
how precious is this breath we breathe
as we come into this world.

How painful it is to let go
of those we love.
There are no words
for the weight of loss,
but inside we hold the memories,
the eternity of love,
the depth of gratitude.

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Forgiveness for the New Year

Rev. Diane Rollert, 17 September 2017

Glorious day.
The golden sunlight rising into clarity.
A moment of summer warmth
Before the days shorten
And the cold descends.
This is a day for returning to the source.
For remembering the sweetness of life
For asking ourselves and each other
For forgiveness
for all the wrongs of the past year.

Even we, who are so sure of ourselves,
We have our silent regrets.
Even we, who are so unsure of ourselves,
We need release from all that weighs too heavily upon us.

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Meditation for a Playful Mother’s Day

Rev. Diane Rollert, 14 May 2017

Whatever your burdens may be,
whatever weight you may carry
upon your shoulders,
whatever worries may fill your mind
and tighten your heart,
may this time of quiet
bring you peace.

And if you have come
brimming with joy,
if you have come
with thanks singing in your heart,
may your joy
spill over
as a gift to those around you.

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Meditation for Easter and April

Rev. Diane Rollert (beginning with words by Debussy)

Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses,
Et qu'un tiède frisson court sur les champs de blé,
Un conseil d'être heureux semble sortir des choses
Et monter vers le coeur troublé.
Un conseil de goûter le charme d'être au monde
Cependant qu'on est jeune et que le soir est beau
Car nous nous en allons,
Comme s'en va cette onde:
Elle à la mer,
Nous au tombeau.

            —Claude Debussy

Dear Source of Love,
It is not night for us yet, 
but on this Easter morning,
may the stones that weigh upon our hearts,
the barriers that close us into ourselves,
be lifted.
May the compassion of spring break through the clouds.
May we give thanks for this changing season,
for what will bloom next,
despite the fears and worries we carry
from the burdens of a wounded world.
Whether in joy or in sorrow,
this day is marked by its difference from last year.
Each of us stands with a new perspective
on all that has happened
since spring became summer
became fall became winter.
Into the silence may we breathe all that goes unspoken,
the losses and the gains
of yet another spring,
of yet another Easter.
 
Amen. 

Compassion

Rev. Diane Rollert, 9 April 2017

Compassion,
you are the I and the thou
that begins in the womb,
the loving, caring,
desire for connection,
the internal response
that moves us to know
each other’s suffering.

You are at the heart
of everything,
of this faith,
and all that is good in humanity.
You are at the centre our being
in its most fragile and beautiful form.

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Spring Equinox

Rev. Diane Rollert, 26 March 2017

The equinox has come.
The position of the sun
making its claim for spring.
Yet a soft snow fell the other night,
dressing the trees in white,
and covering the streets once again
with winter’s cold blanket.
“Don’t promise what you cannot keep,”
someone joked last week,
yet I know the warmth will return,
with the growing sunlight.
It always does,
although it may never coincide
with the words written on the calendar.

Oh Source of Our Being,
I wish that I could promise change,
good health, the ease of being,
peace and the end of strife. 
I wish that I could be as sure
about human outcomes as I am
in the eventually changing seasons.
I wish that honesty was something
that came easily and purely,
without doubts.
We each must have stories
we’d tell, but find silence a kinder path.
Reason moves us toward truth,
but finding the way toward clarity
requires something deeper in ourselves.

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To Be Honest

Rev. Diane Rollert, 20 February 2017

To be honest,
I find growing older
to be both terrifying and liberating.

After all, I was raised during a time
when we were told,
good girls don't stand out.
With age comes a new voice
that sets aside the old restraints.

To be honest, 
being a minister
is always about love and boundaries.

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A Prayer for Love and Justice

Rev. Diane Rollert, 12 February 2017

Red sky this morning
Whispering over blue ice and snow,
Black trees in silhouette
branches moving slowly
in quiet anticipation of the storm to come.

The earth holds us in its calm embrace,
waiting, waiting for us
to wake up and acknowledge
the circle that surrounds and connects us.
Billions of points of light
that depend on all the others
to burn bright.

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Songs of Resistance Meditation

Rev. Diane Rollert, January 29, 2017

A month of resistance.
A lifetime of resistance.
Each of us have our stories to tell:

The internal battles
to find ourselves,
the external battles
to confront injustice;
the young girl
long ago in France
resisting the cruelty of war and occupation;
the young trans activist today,
facing an uncertain world
where identity is under attack,
where the threat of war
and the overheating of the planet
loom larger with each day.

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Late November Meditation

Rev. Diane Rollert, 20 November 2016

The final leaves cling to the trees.
Soon the only colour that will remain
will be the evergreen.
Soon there may be snow
to soften the contours of the day,
to soften the sounds of the city.

Listen: 
there is so much external noise
and so much noise within our minds,
the constant droning
of conversations within ourselves,
the lists of things to do,
the worries,
the nervous laughter, 
the unkind things we can say to ourselves,
after too many years of ingrained habit.

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Meditation for Finding Home

Rev. Diane Rollert, 6 November 2016

Spirit of Life,
Ground of our being,
this is my prayer today,
my crying out for the world—
even if I know that what I say
is only heard by mortal ears.

Help us to be more generous,
a practice we are learning daily.
If we are honest, 
we know how selfish we can be
deep inside ourselves.

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Meditation on Grace

Meditation by Rev. Diane Rollert, 23 October 2016

What is grace?
The moves of a dancer,
the bird in flight,
the single tear that flows down the cheek,
the patient one who sits and waits
for the other to speak.

What is grace?
The unexpected,
the given that we never thought to receive,
the love we never requested
that still surrounds us,
the community that remains,
even when we have gone.

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Final Days of Summer

Meditation by Rev. Diane Rollert, 18 September 2016

Spirit of Life,
Ground of our being,
we come into this sanctuary
holding silent thoughts,
wanting to reach out,
eager and afraid.

There is a reality that surrounds us
that both delights and confuses us.
We live with love
and a longing for love.
We live with hope
and a longing for hope.
We live with courage
and dreams of finding courage.

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Father’s Day Meditation - After Orlando

Meditation by Rev. Diane Rollert, 19 June 2016

Oh dear God,
I cannot find the words to tie together
All that matters this day.

In my minds eye,
I see many fathers.
I see the father who has loved his 21 children, 
two his own and 19 born of others;
beautiful children, 
who found love and life on new soil.
 
I see the father who must lay to rest
a beloved son
who took his own life.

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Forever Young

Prayer by Rev. Diane Rollert, 12 June 2016

Bob Dylan once wrote:

“May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.”

This is my prayer for you,
My young friends and my not so young friends.
May you stay forever young
but be not afraid to age.
Be not afraid
to step into adult life,
to take up your place in this world,
to let your voices be heard.

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Mother’s Day Meditation

Meditation by Rev. Diane Rollert, 8 May 2016

Oh Mother of all,
You are an image of beauty: 

The Buddha’s mother giving birth
painlessly holding the branch of a tree.
The Madonna with her child of infinite promise,
She the icon of maternal perfection. 

Yet it never is so simple.
We who are mortal mothers know.

We know how far we fall
from our own expectations of maternal grace. 

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A Prayer for Vulnerability

Prayer by Rev. Diane Rollert, 10 April, 2016

Source of Love,
Ground of Our Being,
this path of life can be so beautiful
and yet so treacherous.
We are born vulnerable
needing and helpless,
and miraculously ready to respond to
warmth and love.

We live as creatures
who can be easily delighted
and easily wounded.
All that prepares us for love
also prepares us to be hurt.
We live with loss
as much as we live with gain.

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