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Meditations: “We Arrive Together Here

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We arrive together here
Travellers on life's journey
Seekers of meaning, of love, of healing, of justice, of truth
The journey is long, and joy and woe accompany us at every step
None is born that does not die
None feels pleasure that does not also feel pain.
The tear has not yet dried on the cheek but the lips curve sweetly in a smile

Numerous are our origins, our paths, and our destinations
And yet, happily, our ways have joined together here today

Spirit of life. Source of love.
May our joining be a blessing
May it bring comfort to those who are in pain
May it bring hope to those who despair
May it bring peace to those who tremble in fear
May it bring wisdom and guidance for our journeys

And though this joining may be for just a moment in time
The moment is all we can ever be certain of
May we embrace this and every instant of our lives

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Last updated on Monday, March 18, 2013.

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