Today, I am reminded of our complete interconnectedness. It is stating the obvious, I know. Yet as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are reminded about our connectivity as humankind--no matter our heritage, the color of our skin, our lifestyle choices, our careers, or our locations. We are a connected people. He said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and conveniencebut where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” We are in challenging times. Are we going to stay connected or continue to splinter and fall apart as a country? As a continent? As a world?

This week, as I boarded numerous planes, I was reminded of our many governmental employees suffering from the connections of others’ decisions. As they are limited in work, so are the many others connected to them who rely on their services and business. As Dalai Lama reminded us, Being concerned about other people is especially relevant in today's world. If we consider the complex inter-connected ness of our modern lives, how we depend on others and others depend on us, our outlook will change. We’ll begin to see 'others' not as somehow distant from us, but as people we are in touch with, people close to us; we will no longer feel indifferent to them.

Jesus’ teachings are also interconnected. In fact, think about it. It’s truly a phenomenon that a single story of God’s love and creation is woven together over 2,000 years through numerous authors. Tara Brach stated, “The spiritual path is not a solo endeavor. In fact, the very notion of a self who is trying to free her/ himself is a delusion. We are in it together and the company of spiritual friends helps us realize our interconnectedness.

Wishing us all a spirit of connectedness. Our direct actions will indirectly affect many.

In God’s loving connectedness…

Tammy Heflebower

Join us in reading today's Daily Texts: Deuteronomy 30:2-3 and James 4:8

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