My daughter-in-law had a friend, Samuel, who lost his battle with cancer last year. She shared with me some of his words which have meaning for all of us as we enter 2017.
Samuel wrote, “This is my invitation and my prayer. Keep turning and loving with me. Do not let hardships, disease or disappointments tarnish the treasure of this dance to which we are called together. Keep revolving! In the words of the Holy Qur’an (64:1): “Whatever is in the skies or on earth invokes God.” Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi says, “All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know!
So taste and see the Divine Grace in every turning. Choose with me the charmed life. Bless and be blessed. Give and receive. Touch and be touched. Love and be loved. Give and forgive. Know and be known. See and be seen. Live into life-giving relational practices. Turn and turn again! Above all, do not succumb to fear. Fear seeks to be the killer of the Great Dance. Choose love over fear.”
My wish for the world in these uncertain times is to choose love over fear.