Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015

Dear Friends,

As I write this note to you, it is the first day of Autumn.  The hours of light and   darkness are equal

and the earth is in balance.  Our collect for last Sunday reads as  follows:

“Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly;

and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast

to  those that shall endure…” BCP. 234

There are so many things in our own lives and in the world around us that pull us away from our

faith in God, it is good to remember these words.  At a time when creation is changing and plants

and animals will begin their winter hibernation, we are reminded that life naturally ebbs and flows.

We see that our present circumstances will not always be as they are and appreciate what we

have right now, knowing that life changes faster than we can imagine.

All through these changes, the one thing that endures is the love of God for each of us and for

creation.  As we change, as our lives and loves change, God is the one constant.  This knowledge

helps ground me as life swirls around me and change comes either too soon or not soon enough.

God’s promises endure and the love of God is the one thing we can count on.

Let’s not hold too tightly to our daily worries and concerns, our prejudices and judgments, our own

faults and the faults of others.   Life is too short for that.  And the problems our world is facing are

too immense.

So…do we just sit back and say “God loves, me and I don’t need to worry about  anything else”?

No…of course not!   We are to pray as if God is in charge and work as if we are”!  The love of God

will see us through and give us what we need to confront the problems we face.  We give what we

can, we build wells through ERD, we support those trying to help the refugee crisis in Europe, we

pay attention to the environment,  we write to our prison pen pals and we do our best to care for

God’s creation.  And we pray.  Thanking God for all we have been given and for the love that

sustains us.

Would you like to learn more about the power of prayer?  Please join me on Saturday, November

15, for an afternoon entitled “Enriching Your Prayer Life” where we will learn about prayer, about

how to focus on God’s enduring love and strengthen our relationship with God, which is our sure

foundation.   Our labyrinth will be open for walking and prayer all afternoon.