I’ve been itching to build a service around Sly & the Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).” And I’m not exactly sure where it’s going. But here’s where I’m at right now:
We can only be fully ourselves together when each of us is fully herself or himself, individually. You need to be you, and I need to be me, and only then can we be us. AND at the same time, paradoxically, key elements of my being and your being only get discovered explored, and expressed when we’re together. In many ways, we together create your self and my self.
My Mom would often exclaim, “What in heaven’s name - ?!” when she was astonished by something. I think maybe that’s what we’re talking about here — heaven’s name, heaven’s names. I mean, what you give your name to and declare yourself to be, and what I give my name to and declare myself to be, and how both of these declarations expand who we know ourselves to be together. And vice-versa!
Can’t wait to see you Saturday at 6:00 pm at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for refreshments & community & cheer. With music by my amazing friends, Patty Stephens & Sid Fendley. XOX, Rev. Drew