I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to get stuck in the lie that we don’t belong. That for whatever reason, there’s a chasm between us and others that seems insurmountable. So because it’s easier we isolate...or congregate with those just like us. “I don’t belong” or “you don’t belong.”

Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong on this earth - that the violence we do to ourselves, others, and our planet is something I want to isolate from. I don’t want those problems. I don’t belong in those problems. I’m not brave enough or smart enough.

But I know that’s a lie and I’m a lover of the truth. So I’ve been telling myself over and over that I belong. I belong in my family, in my neighborhood, in my congregation, in the world. I belong even when I feel afraid or unsure. I belong here simply because I’m here...and because I’m here I have something to offer and work to do. And probably the first thing to do is to help other people feel like they belong too.

So on this day of the beautiful blood moon eclipse, when the sky is reminding us of all the wonder in the world, I want to remind you that you belong. You belong in this beautiful mess and because you’re here, you have something to offer and work to do too. We’re all in this together.