Encouragement for the Journey 26 / 6 / 16

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Encouragement for the Journey 26 / 6 / 16

Encouragement for the Journey



Greetings fellow traveller,

For this Encouragement for the Journey, I complete the trilogy of my favourite words, which commenced with Mystery, followed by Journey and today Love.

To welcome another is an act of gracious hospitality, an act of spacious love. I welcome you at St Aidans today, for all of life is interconnected, interdependent and mutually reliant. For in some mysterious way, we all are participating in the great cosmic dance of life. The name of this dance is love. I like to imagine that love is the life energy that animates everything that exists.

Whenever we love, we allow the life energy of the universe to flow, bringing healing, compassion and hope to all we do, when we refuse to love, we create a barrier within us, and we become malnourished. For in giving and receiving of love, we are fed and blessed. Love is more than images flashed on our TV and Cinema screens and sung in the lyrics of popular music.

Love is more than a feeling it is an action. I recall reading of the last public gathering at which the late Prime Minister David Lange spoke. He was asked the question, what was perhaps the greatest moment in his ministerial career, was it when he won the Oxford Union Debate? (You may recall this debate 1 March 1985, were David uttered those well known words ‘I can smell the uranium on your breath,’ when he argued for the affirmative that Nuclear Weapons are Morally Indefensible). David replied to the question, “No, it is to love and be loved.” A few months later he died.

His response is a powerful reminder that ultimately it is love that truly matters, not what we may achieve materially or if we receive public accolades, but how we love. May your presence here this morning offer you encouragement ‘to love and be loved.’ This is what it means to be truly human and is at the heart of the Christian story. There are millions of quotes about love, this is a favourite of mine, and I offer it to you:

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, humankind will have discovered fire.  - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

May this week offer you moments for loving extravagantly.

Meanwhile peace, for all shall be well