Pastor’s Word

As we venture together into the future God has in store for us, having thoughtfully and prayerfully approved consideration of bids to sell the Meade Center, there are all kinds of emotions we are holding as a community. There is very real grief and pain, at the loss of dreams we are letting go of. There is relief as we set aside weight that others may be better equipped to carry. There is anxiety, as we encounter the unknown, and stand in that space in between where we are, and where God is leading us. And there is great joy and hope as we open ourselves up to the ministry and call that God has for us, for which our energies, passions, visions, and resources are uniquely fit. There is room for all of these emotions, and more, as we seek the next steps in our journey together, and discover how God is leading us to welcome and serve the community around us. Breathe deeply, family of faith! God is with us. Receive this blessing from John O’Donohue for our interim time.
 
When near the end of day, life has drained
Out of light, and it is too soon
For the mind of night to have darkened things,
 
No place looks like itself, loss of outline
Makes everything look strangely in-between,
Unsure of what has been, or what might come.
 
In this wan light, even trees seem groundless.
In a while it will be night, but nothing
Here seems to believe the relief of darkness.
 
You are in this time of the interim Where everything seems withheld.
 
The path you took to get here has washed out;
The way forward is still concealed from you.
 
The old is not old enough to have died away;
The new is still too young to be born.”
 
You cannot lay claim to anything;
In this place of dusk, Your eyes are blurred;
And there is no mirror.
 
Everyone else has lost sight of your heart
And you can see nowhere to put your trust;
You know you have to make your own way through.
 
As far as you can, hold your confidence.
Do not allow confusion to squander
This call which is loosening
Your roots in false ground,
That you might come free
From all you have outgrown.
 
What is being transfigured here in your mind,
And it is difficult and slow to become new.
The more faithfully you can endure here,
The more refined your heart will become

For your arrival in the new dawn.