Friday, June 3, 2011
Nothing to Kill or Die For
The sun came out on the Oregon Coast this morning and its beauty drew me to the peaceful, idlylic setting of my backyard "park." I took my morning coffee and sat on the bench at the perimeter of my patio that is surrounded by tall Oregon firs, Waxmyrtle trees, wild rhodies, huckleberry and salal. I sat down and opened my robe to embrace the warm rays of the sun shining brightly in a cloudless blue sky. I felt the fresh Oregon breeze whose chill was moderated by the sun's warm rays. I closed my eyes and listened to the wind, the birds, the chipmunks and squirrels singing and chatting. I was filled with such gratitude, peace, love and joy and I knew at that moment that I had truly "nothing to kill or die for." In that moment I said the following prayer: "God, Allah, Great Spirit, Great Mystery, Heavenly Father, Mother Earth, Sister Sky, Creator of All whose wisdom, peace, love and joy is expressed in the words of Jesus, the Prophet Muhammed, Buddah and all the living creatures of the Natural World, at this time in this present moment may all those who turn to you for peace, love and joy truly know that there is "nothing to kill or die for." And so it is.