Before she left us, the long-time doyenne of the Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist community, Jean Merrifield, had words of wisdom and stories to share with us from time to time, during our Sunday services. This post contains two of her Zoom contributions during the 2020-2021 pandemic, which illustrate her vigour and clarity.
Here, she shares a Cherokee legend.
[Spoiler:] The sparrow survives the winter in the pine tree and his family returns the next spring. The Creator calls a meeting of the forest trees and tells the trees with leaves that since they have so much but shared nothing they will lose their leaves every winter and the pine tree will remain green throughout the winter since he shared everything he had.
And here Jean reads some advice from Mother Teresa.