What a lovely thought expressed in the reading for day – “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8. I find myself turning more and more toward faith in times like today, with all of the terrible headlines and turmoil the world over. I choose not to live in fear, though, because what kind of life is that? I believe the option not to live in fear is one I am privileged to choose living in the U.S., and it is a privilege I do not take lightly. Especially during this time of year, when we have just celebrated Veteran’s Day and will give thanks next week, it is a time of gratitude and reflection for not just our immediate blessings, but the larger blessings that allow us to enjoy the smaller comforts.
Where I choose to dwell is in faith that everything is occurring according to a master plan; that we are all connected; that we need to respond to current events not with fear and hatred and kneejerk reactions, but with faith and love for humanity and the larger universe we all share. Dwelling in possibility, in hope, in love, and in faith is a much better place to live than in fear.