Here is a reflection written by Jeff Foster called You Will Lose Everything -- while it may sound depressing, it is actually an invitation to live fully and joyfully in the present.
You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart. Everything that seems permanent is impermanent and will be smashed. Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away.
But right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realizing this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence. Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude.
Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar.
On Sunday I talked about re-evaluating what's important in life and I ended the sermon with this reflection. Take a listen if you missed it. The bells were back in church service as well and they did an outstanding job!
p.s. Don't miss our second hour this week led by Rev. Sheryl Johnson-- it will be in person AND online-- as she explores Indigenous Justice and the Church.