It is with great delight that I share this poem written by my sister!
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.
as the sun sets on this Sabbath, I am acutely aware of the battle for power occurring among the ‘leaders’ of this country. I try to steer far from writing about politics (in obvious ways) — yet tonight as many people go to bed fearful of what tomorrow might bring, I touch the tip of this topic in hopes to introduce a different way to look at this time in history. some of us remember the movement called “random acts of kindness’. books were written, cards were designed and calendars created to help remind us of the importance of kindness. I was always curious as to why we needed such prodding to treat others, stranger and friend, with a caring heart.
this way of “acting” is no longer a given in relationships nor held in esteem by many in public service. and so as we move toward a critical moment in this nation’s history, I find the words – choose kindness – as each day’s mantra. while we are surrounded by news that’s purpose is to create anxiety and fear, let us test the practice of sharing kindness and good news. Below is an article concerning the influence of ‘good news’. For many of us sharing ‘good news’ is part of our life as followers of Jesus – at this time be encouraged to do this as suggested by St. Francis; “Preach the gospel (good news), if necessary use words”
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
“May the cords that hold or ground us have enough give
so we may still run wild and fly high…”
This is quite a thought, a prayer, a reflection! That which grounds us can often feel restricting–oppressing. Yet as I read, I am intrigued to think that once again it is all about perspective. Just like the strong roots of the sunflower securing the flower as it grows tall, and stretches toward the warm light. Or that glass of water which we either see half empty or half full, there are always choices to make about the way we perceive the world around us and our lives.
For all the times I have considered the restriction that an anchor might bring, this reflection has been welcomed during a time of transition in my life. As change occurs and the future is filled with possibilities, I am grateful for the things that anchor me– my faith, my family, my friends, my delight in the quiet of an evening sky.
When the opportunities to “run wild and fly high” are before us, the protection of an anchor safely grounding us offers a chance to test the heights.
I thank the Rev. Mark for this perspective. May we all be blessed with the security to soar!
We all need anchors
A person, place or thing that grounds us
Love, passion, hope, faith, reason, nature or grace
Who or what will keep us from going adrift?
Hopefully whatever binds us does that gently
Hopefully the ones we hold dear we never suffocate
And God bless those whom we carry in our hearts as we pray they find the way, find a way
Ground the children in something real
Calm our hearts and restless spirit
May the cords that hold or ground us have enough give so we may still run wild and fly high
Knowing we are held forever