INSPIRATIONS

In January, 2013, Don Koc led us in a benediction that we deeply appreciate. We know that it also works well when you’re taking walks, by yourself or with others, and as a way to come together at the beginning of a party or meeting.

Don Koc's benediction

 

 

Here’s a link to Reverend Ed Bacon and author Kim Rosen, discussing the power of spiritual power of poetry and her book, “Saved by a Poem,” when a poem – or a sermon! helps you connect with your true self and live life in its depths. It speaks to the phenomenon we experience in Paul’s sermons when we feel something more than “the words” happening with our energy levels. What’s particularly interesting in the first few minutes is the discussion of the biochemistry changes at the “soul” level.

http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Kim-Rosen-and-the-Power-of-Poetry-Audio  (a fast 8 min 55 sec.)

Our Greatest Fear, Marianne Williamson

It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
 

Poems from SPC’s Fourth Annual Poetry Sunday, 4/15/2012

  • God Says Yes To Me, by Kaylan Haught
    Full version, click here
  • Aubade in Autumn, by Peter Everwine
    Full version, click here
  • An Eskimo Poem,  from ‘Beyond the High Hills,’ collected among the Igluilik Eskimos of the Hudson Bay Region by Knud Rasmussen
    Three versions, click here
  • Tonight It’s a Word, by Frank X. Gaspar
    A fragment, click here
  • Sonnet 18, by William Shakespeare
    Full Sonnet and more, click here
  • What I Have Learned So Far, by Mary Oliver
    Full poem, click here
  • I Pray to the Birds, by Terry Tempest Williams
    Full poem, click here
  • Gather, by Rose McLarney
    Full poem, click here
  • I Will Not Die An Unlived Life, by Dawn Markova
    Full poem, click here
  • Eagle Poem, by Joy Harjo
    Full poem, click here
  • For All, by Gary Snyder
    Full poem, click here
  • Everyone Sang, by Siegried Sassoon
    Full poem, click here