Thursday, August 5

The Tipping Point (an Advent Reflection)

Today begins the first day of Crystallize Meaning: an Advent event. There are many bloggers, artists, faith-community members, and photographers, participating in this event. The participants come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. It is a joy to honor each person's reflection.

Each day the celebration of Advent will be sponsored by a different blogger who will post appropriately on his or her site. Their posts will also go up on Terri’s site and the kick-off is simulcast with Into the Bardo today. Please offer your Advent link via Mr. Linky below. Or simply a comment in the comments box!

The Tipping Point

from Jamie Dedes

If you follow Into the Bardo regularly, you know that we share work here that is not necesNativité_de_Costasarily religious but is reflective of diverse spiritual paths and cultures and representative of universal human values, however differently they might be expressed.

We acknowledge that there are enormous theological differences and historical resentments that carve wedges among and within the traditions, but we believe that ultimately human solidarity will empower connections and collaboration and overcome division and disorder. We work for the tipping point when compromise, an imperfect peace, will overcome war, when respect for life will topple resentment. That may not happen in our time, but it has to start somewhere and sometime and this is our modest contribution toward an end for which diverse people the world over are working.

For those who are not Christian, Advent is the period of time leading up to the Nativity of Christ (Christmas). It is celebrated somewhat differently by different Christian sects and by Roman and Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox churches. I think the details of the celebrations are less important than the scriptural quote for the day ...

James 4:1-3
1 Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? 2 You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.

Indeed, where do the conflicts and disputes originate: in the cravings that make us restless within ourselves, in coveting things or situations we don’t have (and may not really need), and in not using right means for just ends? These are good questions to ponder as we approach the annual celebration of the “Prince of Peace,” a celebration which is in the end a call for compassion and understanding. Let's live up to that call ...

The tipping point:


- Jamie Dedes

© 2013, essay, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
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Photo on 2012-09-19 at 20.00JAMIE DEDES ~ My worldly tags are poet and writer. I am the founder and host of Into the Bardo, an international collaborative blogazine of word-play, music, art and photography. For the past five years I've blogged at The Poet by Day,the journey in poem, formerly titled Musing by Moonlight (hence the url). Poetry is my spiritual practice.


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