Encouragement for the Journey 9 March 2014

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Encouragement for the Journey 9 March 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

Journey

Greetings fellow traveller,

I am writing this prior to going with my brother John to Gt Barrier Island. This will be my third visit to this wonderful island, which is situated 100 kilometres north-east of central Auckland in the outer Hauraki Gulf. My first visit was in the late 1990s when I went to supervise the methadone drug program on the island. My second visit was about eight years ago, when Fleur and I travelled over to take an ecumenical church service and offer pastoral care.

Returning to visit the Island will give me an opportunity to notice the changes that have taken place, along with enjoying special places of significance which evoke memories of past visits, conversations and moments of wonder.

When we leave a place and return after a period of time, we always remember it has it was, for that is what remains in our memories. We often forget that life continues to evolve and change in our absence. I was reminded of this while I was in the Arrivals Hall at Auckland Airport, waiting for my brother to arrive.

There were families and couples waving, hugging, kissing and crying tears of joy in their re-uniting with each other. I had no way of knowing how long they had not seen each other, I did not need to know, but to witness the joy of their re-uniting warmed my heart, then I had my own re-uniting with my brother.

When we are apart from someone, their world and our world continues to change, we go through all manner of experiences. Each will leave its mark upon us in a different way. It is important that we acknowledge this and allow ourselves to be surprised by the newness of being in the lives of others we may not have seen for a period of time.

In our ever changing lives and world, we are always within the One we name as God, who changes not, yet our experience of God is forever changing. For we each change in some way moment by moment with each passing day.

Meanwhile Peace and Go Well. Delight and wonder on your journey within the mystery of faith and love

Alf