This month we turn our attention to the theme of Abundance and Generosity. This is an opportunity to reflect on and appreciate the abundance in our own lives. This can be a real challenge for us at times, I know. After all, we live in a society, in a consumer culture, which tells us constantly that we are never enough and that we never have enough.
In the words of my colleague, the Rev. Angela Herrera, “Abundance is not about having what you want, but about noticing what you have, and multiplying it through sharing it, multiplying it through your manner of being in this world.”
In that same spirit, Buddhist teacher, Nakagawa Roshi, shares this story: “A student went to his master and said, “I am very discouraged. What should I do? The Zen master replied, “Encourage others.” As the saying goes, “it is in giving that we receive.”
This is also the month during which the Giving Committee of First Parish will be contacting you and inviting you to make a financial pledge to support the church, its budget and its mission. I encourage you to make a generous pledge, not only to support the budget for next year, but also to demonstrate to prospective ministerial candidates your strong commitment to the congregation and its values during this interim time.
See you in church!
PS – Regarding the coronavirus, while there is no need to panic about the spread of the disease at this point, we do encourage you to continue to use common-sense precautions to avoid spreading this or any virus, including the seasonal flu. Wash your hands often and well. Don’t touch your face. And stay home if you have symptoms, in order to help protect the most vulnerable members of our community.