A couple of Sundays ago, Pastor Ellen’s sermon was titled “Love Wins,” which was particularly relevant coming as it did right after Valentine’s Day. But, of course, you can’t go wrong engaging with the notion of “love wins” at any time.
The sermon brought to my mind an old story attributed to a Cherokee elder that you have undoubtedly heard. In fact, Pastor Ellen has related it in previous sermons.
The story—or legend or parable—is usually referred to as “Two Wolves.” Its origins appear to be unknown but I found one reference to an Oklahoma telling of the legend from the 1950s.
Versions differ slightly but convey the same message. The story goes:
One evening, an elderly Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Peace and joy,
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Lectio Divina: Holy Listening, 3/3—Join fellow seekers from 4-5:15 pm for contemplative prayer in community. Led by Kris Davis, we’ll listen for God in sacred text, silence, the natural world, and relationship with others. Please bring a journal and pen.
Ash Wednesday Service, 3/6—We’ll gather at 6:30 pm at the front of the sanctuary for a short service about love and mortality. If you’ve never participated, consider joining us this year: it’s a truly meaningful way to begin the Lenten Season.
Lenten Retreat: Slow Down, 3/9—Join Pastor Ellen from 1:00 to 5:00 pm for an afternoon of slowing down, soul searching, and spiritual reflection. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat and/or blanket and pillow, and a journal and pen. RSVP (so I can provide enough snacks): email@example.com.
Bible Study, 3/10—The group will meet after coffee hour to continue its study of the book of Exodus. All are welcome! For more information and specific readings: Dit Talley at firstname.lastname@example.org.