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Encourgement for the Journey 23 February 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings fellow traveller

While reading and reflecting for our service today, I came across this image:

Statue without a heart

 

It is a statue by Ossip Zadkine in Rotterdam, Holland. The statue (a man without a heart) symbolizes Rotterdam, the city that lost its heart during World War 2. There something very powerful about this image, how it portrays loss, someone is missing, no longer able to feel, the man is without a heart. I am reminded of the 1939 Movie, Wizard of Oz and the characters who Dorothy met along the yellow brick road in particular Tin Man who wants a heart, so he can feel.

Painting and sculpture can be a powerful medium to portray without words what is happening within our shared humanity. Let us not forget the wonder and beauty of poetry to also describe through metaphor and simile the inner landscape of the soul.

When we go through the landscape of grief, we could say we have lost our heart, someone is missing. Poets write poetry for a myriad of reasons. Ann Weems’, whose son was murdered at aged 21 in 1982. When she was able to write again, after a long, long period of grief, she wrote this poem. It is titled: Into this Silent Night.

Into this silent night

As we make our weary way

We know not where;

Just when the night becomes its darkest

And we cannot see our path;

Just then is when the angels rush in,

Their hands full of stars

 This poem in its silence echoes the return of the heart to the human soul, enabling life to be lived again.

Meanwhile peace and go well on your journey

Alf

 

February 21, 2014 in Ministry Team's Blog by

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Encouragement for the Journey 9 February 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

 JourneysGreetings fellow Traveller,

 Today is our first Café Church for 2014. Our theme is:  Journeys 

The word ‘Journeys’ may evoke different thoughts, images and memories in our awareness. Some of our journeys hold a special place within the memory banks of our heart, while others; we would rather push into the furthest reaches of our mind. 

Last month I wrote on journeys, and this week I was tempted to copy it and include it again. Resisting that temptation I offer you something new and different.

Those two words are a vital aspect of any journey. Take a moment to think and reflect upon any journey you have taken recently. How was it new and how was it different? 

We might think that journeys, just refers to holidays and travelling to some exciting and exotic place. But, journeys may take place within our own suburb, that regular journey we make from home to the supermarket, or to work or school.  Yes, it may be along familiar roads and pathways, but I want to suggest, it is always new and if we are particularly aware it will be different each time we travel that journey. 

What about the new journey some of our young people make from Primary School to Intermediate and from Intermediate to College. These are very important Journeys that offer a totally new and different experience for those who travel this particular journey.  

I want to broaden the idea of journey out into other aspects of our human experience. 

How about the journey that some travel when they go into hospital, they find themselves in a very different and strange place or those who have to give up their home and go into care, or those who for various reasons find themselves living alone after a relationship break up or the death of a loved one. These are just a few of the journeys we may take and they are equally real as the journey to some exotic place. 

Journey is such an all-embracing metaphor that we may use in the many situations of our lives. Of course the meaning we seek to give that particular experience will be unique to us.  

Meanwhile Peace and go well on your many journeys

 Alf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 21, 2014 in Ministry Team's Blog by

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Encouragement for the Journey 2 February 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

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Greetings fellow traveller, 

This Sunday is our first Kids N All for the year. Our theme for today is: CELEBRATION.

Celebrating is at the core, the very heart of what it means to be human. Martin Luther, a leader of the Protestant Reformation, writes in his book: Table Talks, ‘Our loving God wills that we eat, drink and be merry’

Yes there are moments for celebration, the birth of a New Born Baby, Birthdays, a New Year, Christmas, Weddings and their anniversaries to name a few. These are what we may call the ‘big things we celebrate’ but what about the ‘the little things’ which in their own way, offer moments for celebration.

The world, indeed life itself, is ever present waiting for our awareness and appreciation of its wonder and beauty. We may say it is longing for our recognition and celebration of its presence. This poem from Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco, expresses this so well:

Love life

everything-

pale lights

markets medley

of green lettuce,

red cherries,

golden grapes, and

purple egg plants –

all so extraordinary!

Inedible!!

You get excited,

you talk to people

and people talk to you.

All this is magical,

like some

endless

celebration. 

Go well in moments of celebration

Meanwhile Peace

Alf

 

February 21, 2014 in Ministry Team's Blog by

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