Listening for the Sound of the Genuine

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There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine….


Dear Ones,

This morning marks Ash Wednesday, not typically an important religious date for most Unitarian Universalists except that it notes the beginning of Lent, and for some, this time, the forty days before Easter offers a time, not so much for self-denial, but of focus, of dedication, of a commitment to a spiritual practice.

It may feel like this whole pandemic has been a Lenten time, focusing on staying home, on a lack of social gatherings, a giving-up of many of the things that bring us joy. But I’m imagining this year’s time before Easter as something more practiced, more peaceful, more true. What focus might you dedicate yourself to for these days before spring and Easter? How might you give that focus a spiritual heart?

There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.—Howard Thurman