Encouragement for the Journey 6 / 5 / 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 6 / 5 / 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

Once more, we participate in our Kids N All Service experience. The theme for today is ‘Belonging.’

The longer I journey through this life, ‘is there another one you may well ask’. I am discovering there is a universality of human experiences which transcends the diversities of race, religion, ethnicity and gender.

At the very heart of our humanity, is the basic human need to belong. This has its seeds in our sacred formation, embraced by the darkness of our mother’s womb. Within the rhythmic sound of our mothers heart beat we each learn what it is, to belong to another human being.

In our growing years outside the womb, we learn and unlearn what it is like to ‘not belong’ and ‘belong’ through the various experiences of our lives. We instinctively know and experience when we belong of being accepted for who we are ‘warts and all.’

The journey of our lives, brings us to another sacred place, once more we are at St Aidans. Here we are seeking to be the people of God, the body of Christ,

The church being like the human body is a metaphor of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 – 14.

I recall when my daughter was undertaking her nursing training she had to learn about the various systems within the human body i.e. digestive, respiratory, circulatory, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Each of these is a separate system and yet each is interdependent upon the other for the body to function in healthy ways.

So too, within our congregation, we each are independent human beings, along with being inter-dependent and interconnected with each other, we belong and need each other for the body of Christ to function healthily. I readily accept that we form closer relationships with some than others. Yet this does not prevent us from warmly welcoming and embracing those who are new among us or visit us from time to time as is our practice. I leave you with a poem from NZ poet Anne Powell:

Here

Over cups of tea and coffee

The sacred becomes gathered warmth

In low – fenced backyards and playgrounds

The sacred chatters and laughs.

In conflicts and misunderstandings

The sacred waits to be revealed

The pot of the world simmers with the sacred.

Take off the lid.

Meanwhile Peace in the Dignity of Difference

Alf