Encouragement for the Journey – 21/08/11

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Encouragement for the Journey – 21/08/11

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

Last Wednesday I took another funeral, whenever I take a funeral I am reminded that there is so much more to a person’s life, than can ever be fully known. For we always see through darkened glass, the shadows hiding the light.

If we will, but, pause for a moment, listen and see, we will be amazed at what we may discover about our inner world, and then in conversation with another, if we are patient and suspend judgement, we may catch glimpses of their world, this will always surprise us. How we respond will be a new story ready to be told……..

This may also apply to the cosmos and the world in which live and have our being. It too waits, silently at times to show us its beauty and wonder. How will we see?

Today we welcome members of Pilgrim Productions and their play…..

Through the centuries, drama, music, art and poetry have been valid vehicles to express spirituality. Each is a different medium speaking to our human condition, transcending the religious, ethnic and cultural divisions present in our world.

Through these expressions, we humanoids seek to make meaning of our lives, our world and universe. Life is a continuous journey of unlearning, learning and discovery, this requires we remain ever open to being surprised by life……..

May our worship this morning, in particular the drama offer you a new experience to be surprised by life. May your capacity to be an instrument of peace and compassion be increased in our ever changing world and cosmos. I leave you with this poem from John O’Donohue, called Fluent:

I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding

Meanwhile Peace in our ever unfolding cosmos

Alf