Those Who Inspire Us…

I might sound audacious, but the Mahatma has been a great inspiration. He had the conviction to live with his beliefs in the face of total disbelief. R. Madhavan

Meditation: We are living in times when our leaders embody a spirit of total disrespect, disinformation and disdain for moral and ethical values. As I am watching what is happening in the US and around the world, I experience authoritarian leaders arise who are disbelievers in basic human rights and basic spiritual values. In times like these, it is helpful to ground ourselves in relationship with role models we admire and believe in. Men and women who uphold respect, who tell the truth as they believe it, and who uphold life giving and life preserving values. Mahatma Ghandi and Jesus were two such role models. Their integrity inspires us until today. The way they lived their life changed the world. Their nonviolent approach to conflict liberated millions externally and internally. Their faithfulness to be willing to die for their beliefs and for those they came to liberate is inspiring. Let us withdraw our energy from those who have come to destroy but invest our energy in relationships and ways of living that build up, liberate and redeem.

Prayer: God of hope and of promise, we remember those who came before us and who were great inspirations to us. Help us live our life in accordance with our beliefs. Let us sow small seeds of respect everyday and only speak the truth. Let us uphold moral and ethical values that protect life and uphold love, especially for the “least of those”. We pray for the peaceful overpowering of those authoritarian leaders who rule with violence, and based on lies and on deception. Thank you for being faithful to us. Help us be faithful to you. Amen

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NRSV)