When you left us
I saw how the clouds parted,
as you cleared earth’s
and passed into a heaven
my wildest imagining.
Bereft, fearful, we
shut tight the door
against wolves’ howling
and waited for you
to keep your promise.
At first it was a whisper,
the sea-ward wind
prying loose our
but soon the song rose, until
its power overwhelmed us
with chords of faith,
and, afire at last,
Soon the song rose… it’s melody attracted people from near and far. From the quiet fear of abandonment to the brave expression of faith – Pentecost arrived.
It is now the time to speak. What energy sweeps down to fill us this day!! The timing is perfect (as God’s timing seems to be). At this moment, in this ever reaching community known as the world – we need inspiration to speak out. We receive inspiration to raise our voices revealing injustice – to raise our hands supporting those in need.
Pentecost has arrived. Breathe deep that the spirit may fill you with everything needed to spread God’s good news.
It is with great delight that I share this poem written by my sister!
Every day now, the figs grow softer and fuller; they are taking the rain and the warmth of a hundred summer days and making them over into pleasure; taut green skin and soft pink flesh. Wearing only my nightgown and my work boots, I have come outside at dawn like some post-modern Eve, yearni…
July has given away to August. For many there are a few short days ahead before the schedule once again fills to capacity. There is one last trip to the beach house, the mountains, or even a little more holiday with extended family. All too soon the slower pace of summer will be a memory.
As these days are before us, I am reminded of all the people who have already rolled up their sleeves to prepare for another year of Sunday school and opportunities for faith formation. For most people this preparation has filled a good part of the summer. Each of these dedicated program directors, teachers and volunteers work diligently as they discover creative ways to offer God’s good news in classrooms and parish gatherings.
In all the preparation it can be hard to take “holy time” for oneself. I came across this video and offer it as a resource for time when some support might be needed– something to encourage a moment for your own spiritual care. May you find the time for refreshment and renewal when possible. May you always know that the work to organize and support teachers and other assistants is critical for the church’s foundation. May you be blessed in the creative prayers of your children and the honest searching of your adults.
Ever spend a whole morning going through your desk — frantically paying bills, writing quick notes… — before leaving on vacation?!! How often do you feel there is too much to do, that it just is not a good time to go away?
My take on this familiar experience – look at all of the things that have been waiting (for some time) to be organized on that desk and walk away. When one questions leaving for vacation because the desk is too full, they likely need the time “off” more than they realize. These “things” will always be with us.
The thoughts I share are written as I look in a mirror — speaking to myself — it is probable that I will be negotiating with the Great Creator on my day of return, negotiating for just a few minutes to finish…
May this song add a smile as you plan your own re-creation — If I Ever Leave This World Alive
these musicians have helped move the conversation to new places — take a minute to listen with eyes closed and then watch them play their instruments.
who in our communities would feel welcome to join us in worship and faith’s journey by this music and technology? i dare say – more people than we can imagine!
i smile when i consider the possibilities…
REND COLLECTIVE —
thank you, Sharon Ely Pearson