#51 Lady of the Season’s Laughter

(Kendyl L. R. Gibbons)

Lady of the seasons’ laughter, in the summer’s warmth be near;
when the winter follows after, teach our spirits not to fear.
Hold us in your steady mercy, Lady of the turning year.

Sister of the evening starlight, in the falling shadows stay
here among us till the far light of tomorrow’s dawning ray.
Hold us in your steady mercy, Lady of the turning day.

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UU Principles as Inverted Triangle

Sometimes it is easiest to think of the UU principles in the children’s version.

Sometimes it is helpful to think of the Unitarian Universalist Principles arranged as pillars.  

Other times, it is helpful to think of the UU Principles arranged as an inverted triangle. In the moments of darkness, I change my perspective to viewing our UU principles in triangle style. Going from 1 up to 7. From the individual person out to the bigger world.

UU Principles TriangleThey now become a useful ladder with a clear path to follow. When I don’t have the energy for broadcasting on all 7 channels? I dial it down to the level I can best be at.

It begins with Principle 1: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Even me. I could be kind to myself, and expect of me what is actually doable, what is actually realistic.

My flu best isn’t going to be the same as my healthy best. My grief and mourning best isn’t going to be the same as when we are not in bereavement. That’s ok. All I have to do is my best in the moment. Hit the number I can hit. When I am doing better, I can climb the next rung on the ladder and add that.

If my compassion does not include myself, it is incomplete.

#1021 Lean on Me

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow

Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on

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#1028 The Fire of Commitment

From the light of days remembered burns a beacon bright and clear;
Guiding hands and hearts and spirits into faith set free from fear.

Chorus:

When the fire of commitment sets our mind and soul ablaze;
when our hunger and our passion meet to call us on our way;
when we live with deep assurance of the faith that burns within;
then our promise finds fulfillment and our future can begin.

From the stories of our living rings a song both brave and free;
Calling pilgrims still to witness to the life of liberty;

Repeat chorus

From the dreams of youthful vision comes a new, prophetic voice;
Which demands a deepeer justice built by our courageous choice.

Repeat chorus

SHEET MUSIC

#1028 in Singing the Journey: A Supplement to Singing the Living Tradition

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#1052 The Oneness of Everything

(Jim Scott)

Far beyond the grasp of hands,
or light to meet the eye,
past the reaches of the mind
There find the key to nature’s harmony
in an architecture so entwined.

Like the birds whose patterns grace the sky
and carry all who join in love expanding,
The message of peace will rise in flight
taking the weight of the world upon its wings,

In the oneness of ev’rything.

that touch our own are written in the earth evergiving,
And now to maintain the harmony
gives to us all lives worth living,
For the oneness of ev’rything.

Still we seek to find a truth
that we might understand

and reduce to terms defined
Vast and immeasurable time and space
all so overwhelmingly designed.

Oh, passing years just might I know the faith
that winters in the heart
to be reborn in spring.
To hear and to feel the pulse of life
enters my soul as a song to sing,
Of the oneness of ev’rything.

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Everything Possible (#1019)

(Fred Small)

We have cleared off the table, the leftovers saved, washed the dishes and put them away.
I have told you a story and tucked you in tight at the end of your knockabout day.
As the moon sets its sail to carry you to sleep over the Midnight Sea,
Well, I will sign you a song no one sang to me—may it keep you good company.

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#1053 How Could Anyone

(Libby Roderick)

How could anyone ever tell you
you were anything less than beautiful?

How could anyone ever tell you
you were less than whole?

How could anyone fail to notice
that your loving is a miracle?

How deeply you’re connected to my soul.

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