Myths, fantastical creatures, and tales of special powers have always shaped the human story. Over the last century, the worlds of Narnia, Middle Earth, and Hogwarts have enchanted children and adults alike, and brought religious themes into popular culture. What’s a Unitarian Universalist to do with all this magic?
King David danced before the Lord with all his might. It would have been good if he also had laughed. Laughter is a balm for the soul, a balm which too many people lack. Laughter can spread contagious blessings for the body, soul and mind. Got laughter?
Sometimes we forget to look back in our pasts to see what life used to be like. By telling stories of our past, we pass on humor, gain wisdom, and broaden our understanding of the Gifts of the Spirit. Unfortunately, in today’s world, some of our neighbors are treated as outsiders to those stories, with no place at the table of humor and wonder that is our Life. By looking at a story from the Book of Daniel, and recalling the plight of the Israelites, we can hope to gain a better understanding of how people moving to new countries experience this disjointed existence. With this understanding, we can work to welcome them into the folds of our spiritual home.