God’s Autumnal Party

God’s Party
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October 21 2011
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Suddenly, the trees have put on party clothes!
We’re celebrating as the growing season ebbs away.
God’s like that, filled with joy and merriment,
Reveling with us and with the other godlike avatars –
With Zeus and Helen, Sulis and Andraste, Vishnu and Ganesh,
Spirits, deities, and goddesses.
When autumn blue skies reign and rainstorms blow,
We all drink fete and taste of jubilation.
We join God’s gala carnival
Before we slumber through the winter night
Cocooned and warm, waiting all around the hearth for spring to dawn.
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Reflection:
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I’ve always wondered why fall feels so festive, when it marks the end of growing and expanding, presaging muted winter rest. Thinking of it as a riot of not only color but partying – as God celebrating a successful year of world survival with all the allies of the divine in flesh or spirit – that makes sense, in a strange way. It’s at least fun to imagine such a party, knowing that Spirit wishes happiness for us in this life.

About Rev. Rosemary Hyde, Ph.D.

I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know central Paris reasonably well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me. I am serving presently as co-minister at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC. I give talks one or two Sundays a month -- please go to the website, www.unitychapelhill.org, and sign up for the weekly e-news to learn what's going on -- special events, seasonal interfaith ceremonies, and Sunday themes and talks. My vision for the Unity Chapel Hill ministry and for myself is to become a loving, uniting presence in the lives of all those who cross paths with us. That's all there is, really -- loving presence. And so it is. Amen. My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation.
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