Musings, Joni Mitchell, and Stardust

We discovered that “we are stardust; we are golden” at our first Monday Musings on October 16, as we reflected on the first two lines of the New Creed.
We are not alone,
We live in God’s world.

Those who attended enjoyed rich conversation. We laughed, cried, sang, prayed, and explored what these first two lines meant to us. For starters, we were struck by the first word “we.” All other historic creeds of the Church begin with “I.” Odd that beginning with “we” begs the conclusion that “we are not alone.”

As the word “alone” was considered, much came to the surface:
• We are in community (faith community) and therefore not alone
• Sometimes it’s ok to be “alone”
• Being “alone” sometimes awakens us to our own spiritual being and the mystery of Spirit being with us
• God is with us and sometimes we only know that in hindsight

There was discussion around what it means to “live.” To be both fully physically and spiritually alive, to have purpose, passion, and a sense of mission, and to participate in community with others are all part of what it is to “live.” And we live “in” which is to be “in-volved” and immersed in our world/God’s world of wonder, beauty, mystery, and awe. The “we” in the second line is “all creatures great and small.” We are all connected in the beautiful web and tapestry of life.

As we shared together, one thing led to another, and by some circuitous conversation, we sang Joni Mitchell’s song, “Woodstock.” (Of course, we looked it up on Google – another participant in our gathering and yes, with Goggle, we are never alone!) We found the song really spoke to us and to our current time. Here are just a few of the words:
By the time we got to Woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil’s bargain
And we’ve got to get ourselves
back to the garden.

We are stardust! We are golden! Wisdom was shared and everyone left feeling grounded and uplifted all at the same time. “Roots hold me close; wings set me free!”

Please join with others at Monday Musings each Monday evening at 7:00pm through November 13.
All are welcomed and invited!

About the Author
Although Tom was born and raised an American, his life experience and faith journey have brought him to our congregation. His social justice background, deep empathy and sense of humor have combined to give him the depth to lead this flock in south Calgary. He can be totally at home leading us in prayer or in a rousing shout of “Yahoo!”

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