Encouragement for the Journey 8 February 2015

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Encouragement for the Journey 8 February 2015

Encouragement for the Journey

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Greetings fellow traveller,

Many of you will be aware that alongside my ministry here at St Aidans, I am also involved with our Northern Presbytery, this requires working with congregations in various situations and the supervision of ministers.

To offer this ministry is a privilege, yet comes with responsibilities and demands upon my time and energy.

The word energy is pregnant with all manner of descriptions. I like what Diarmuid O’Murchu (priest and psychologist) says in his book Quantum Theology: ‘ Energy is the substance of life, the unrelenting wellspring of pure possibility, escalating as in a great cosmic dance.’

Describing energy in these terms, will ultimately lead us to reassess how we describe the One we name as God. For God’s divine energy, works through and embraces the whole of creation, on this spinning orb called planet earth. This divine pulse or energy of life is not outside, or detached from us, rather, is present and sustaining, embracing all of life within a relational passionate embrace of love.

Another way of looking at this is to consider the wonderful possibility that this infinite universe is being sustained by an energy, which pulsates within itself, and that same energy is within all creation.

Surely 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 are malnourished. For in giving and receiving of love, we too are fed and blessed. I leave you with these words from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

‘The day will come when, after mastering the winds, the waves, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, human kind will have discovered fire.

Meanwhile peace within the energy of love

Alf