by Rev. Joyce Duffala
One Sunday recently I was in the Social Hall of our Center, when I heard one man greet another by saying, “Hello my brother from another mother.”
The phrase stopped me in my tracks. It immediately brought my awareness to the connection—indeed the blood relationship—among us all. The phrase continues to work through me as I repeat it, silently greeting others I see, including strangers, as my brothers and sisters from other mothers. When I do this, I experience a feeling of connection and compassion.
The phrase also stimulated reflection about the theory that ultimately we all come from the same mother. What a concept – to realize that you and I are not just brothers and sisters in an abstract sense, but we are quite literally all related! And just like my siblings in my immediate family, we humans have among us variations in physical appearance, geographical locations, and lifestyles. Yet we remain connected by blood and common origins, and the resulting subtle but ongoing awareness of each other.
My musing expanded to considering the evolution of animal and plant life, and how all living things share a common ancestry. I now think of my pet Chihuahua as my brother from another immediate mother, and ultimately my brother from the same mother.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April 2016 13:23
Wed. May 4 - Meditation, 6 pm, Grinton Chapel
Wed. May 4 - Wednesday Evening Service, 7 pm
Sat. May 7 - Movie: "Screenagers," 6 pm, Sanctuary
Sun. May 8 - Morning Services at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 am.
Sun. May 8 - Evening Service, 7 pm, Room 10
Last Updated: Tuesday, 03 May 2016 21:39