The butterfly represented our CLF logo for almost 18 years. In Celebration of the butterfly and its spiritual meaning to us the Green Faith Ministry visited the newly created, beautiful butterfly exhibit in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here for a flyer advertising the event. Enjoy our pictures from this event (to come)!
The following is an excerpt from Rev. Michele's sermon in November 2013. It was all about transformation and change.
..."So what is so special, what is so exciting about this month? Our theme is “Celebrate Your Faith in Action: 28 Days of Transformation.”.........
Ways of living that move us out of old patterns, habits, ways of thinking and being that have been just fine up to now, but because there is always more Life to experience and because that Life is forever calling us, we are ready to transform those ways for higher, more expansive and expanded ways.
And a way of living that is transformative is to put our faith in action.
The beauty and mystery of transformation unfolds in the butterfly. Nature is such a beautiful teacher, isn’t She?
We all know the butterfly’s process, but just as a little refresher: A butterfly begins as an egg, laid on a leaf that is the perfect food for the next stage of live.
Out of the egg comes a little wiggly, furry thing with lots of legs – not a centipede, but as a caterpillar -- who spends his days chomping and eating on the leaf on which he was born. His only job is to eat and grow, grown and eat. And that is what he does.
Then, when the caterpillar feels an inner push – he just knows when it is the right time - he will spin a cocoon or a chrysalis around himself. The word chrysalis comes from the Greek word for gold.
This is an amazing stage of a butterfly’s life. From the outside, it looks as if the caterpillar is curled up inside taking a nice siesta, but inside is where all of the action is.
Within the chrysalis the caterpillar does not CHANGE INTO a butterfly, rather he is undergoing a metamorphosis. He doesn’t go into the cocoon and sprout little wings and shorten his body and suck in his multitude of legs.
No, inside the cocoon, the caterpillar is reduced to a puddle of goo, a glob of DNA, and it is out of the puddle of goo that the butterfly arises. Tissue, limbs and organs of a caterpillar dissolve and reform. Finally, when the caterpillar has done all of its dissolving and reforming inside, an adult butterfly emerges.
When the butterfly first emerges from the chrysalis, both of the wings are soft and folded against its body. This is because the butterfly had to fit all its new parts inside a tiny space.
After a brief rest from the chore of coming out of the chrysalis, the butterfly pumps blood into the wings in order to get them working and flapping – then he gets to fly.
So what does this metamorphosis, the transformation of a butterfly, have to do with our process of transformation? Actually a lot!
There is a scripture in 2nd Corinthians 5:17, it reads: "Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
Isn’t that a perfect scripture for a butterfly? Although, of course, it was not written to describe a butterfly, it was written to describe the human experience of transformation.
Old things must pass away so that the new can emerge. The caterpillar must pass away so that the butterfly can emerge....