A Beautiful (Busy) Day

What is the point of this exercise called ‘life’?  Why believe in something larger than yourself?  Why act with kindness and compassion to others? Why try to see and appreciate a viewpoint different from your own? Is it to achieve some smug satisfaction?  To gain some vague ‘reward’ after death?

After a ‘Unity Day’ spent observing and participating with people from just about every place on the faith continuum, I have a surprising (to me) reaction to my previous questions.

I don’t care.  If you can find a way to care for your fellow man, to behave with kindness and compassion, to see others as an end in themselves, and not as a means to your own ends: I don’t care why.  In putting aside differences in Theology, Mythology, and Practice, and focusing solely on kindness and respect, I saw miracles happen.

I think I caught a glimpse–however faint–of the Kingdom of God.

But you can call it anything you’d like.

Annemarie

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St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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