The events on the east coast and other parts of the United States this past week brought devastation and sadness. Hurricane Sandy collided with other storm centers changing people’s lives forever. We watched the devastating power of energy different from other forms of life generating energy: non-destructive thunderstorms bringing much-needed rain, rays of sunshine shedding warmth as crops grow and produce food that nourish and strengthen. Just as various kinds of energy present in nature are devastating or growth producing so it is with human energy. We use our energy to tear down or to build up. Mark’s Gospel from the Christian scriptures talks about life-giving energy
In Mark’s gospel (Mark 12:28b-34) a scribe asks Jesus a question. A paraphrased version could play itself out in this way: Jesus, how shall we use the energy within us? Jesus replied love the Divine Presence within you, allow this divine energy to fill you, guide you, comfort you, open you to new realities. Let the Holy One fill you with such wonder and awe that any disappointment or hurt is overcome and transformed into new life. But there is more Jesus says, see the Holy One in those you meet everyday. Love them as you love yourself. Try to look past the wounds that keep neighbor from neighbor, co-worker from co-worker, husband from wife, friend from friend, sister from sister, brother from sister, sister from brother and parent from child. Rather love the other as you love yourself. Stay open to forgiveness. Be open to reconciliation where safe. Be compassionate and empathetic. Ask the question, if I were in the other’s shoes, how would I feel? This past week we also saw compassion and empathy.
In the midst of the devastating storm, , we saw human energy at it’s best, neighbor helping neighbor, divisive word swords laid down to come together to help people in need. Although we don’t often talk about Divine Presence in the news, there was something beautiful at work as one hand reached out to help another. The devastating force of nature wrecked havoc on people’s lives and at the same time beautiful life-giving human energy brought comfort, reassurance, medical attention, food, fuel, shelter and hope.
We embrace life-giving energy.
Blessings and peace.