Welcoming the Companion
As snow buries everything in sight
and the bright white sparkles are blinding
when I cannot leave the house for the
arctic cold, I find
myself deep in the Womb of Winter.
Alone. Creative mind concocting
building anxiety and body squishing
until at last the skirmish ceases
a white flag is raised
and our constant Companion welcomed.
No longer perplexed with life yet bound
to the resident
Holy One who wants only my heart.
Given that choice, the walls of Winter’s
Womb gently relax.
Judgment melts away and deep breaths come.
Breathing in peace, breathing out fear,
I know I’ll survive.
Nary one specific word is spoken
when hearing God calling
in the night, allowing rest to calmly
lead me into this safe heart space
where beating heart lies.
Psalm 111, Inclusive Psalter
Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the deeds of the Lord! They are studied by all who delight in them.
O Lord, your work is full of majesty and splendor
and your righteousness endures forever.
You make your marvelous works to be remembered; you are gracious and full of compassion.
You give food to those who fear you;
you are ever mindful of your covenant.
You have shown your people the power of your works
in giving them the lands of the nations.
The works of your hands are faithfulness and justice;
all your commandments are sure. They stand fast forever and ever,
because they are done in truth and equity. You send redemption to your people;
you commanded your covenant forever; holy and awesome is your name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
the praise of the Lord endures forever.
The Spirit Moves Among Us
At Saint Paul, one of the many bright spots was last Sunday afternoon’s Leadership Event. Led by Rev Faith Kubai, the training helped us look with realistic eyes at how things are going so that we can be inspired with new ways of being the church.
We couldn’t help but notice the high level of energy as teams announced what their plans for the coming year include. There were many interesting ideas!
It was especially fun to see the newly formed ‘Saint Paul’s Men’ group in action. They were easily identified by their turquoise t-shirts. The food spread out on the table enhanced the nourishment for the soul that was provided.
Life abundant comes through dependence upon God and faithful service to our neighbor.
May the Spirit of joy and peace continue to flow.
Rev. Marta Wheeler