Encouragement for the Journey – 31/07/11

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Encouragement for the Journey – 31/07/11

Greetings from an ever-changing traveller,

Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, has a delightful quote in his book Alice in Wonderland:

“Who are you?” said the caterpillar.

This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation: Alice replied rather shyly, “ I – I hardly know sir, just at present – at least I knew who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since that”

Somehow, Alice has it right; we are ever evolving, constantly changing being transformed by life. Throughout each day in our encounters with creation, objects of beauty, and other human beings, each may offer us transforming experiences.

My understanding of our human physiology is rather limited, but I recall reading somewhere that our physical body renews itself every seven years. This is a very remarkable occurrence indeed. If this takes place, and I have no reason to doubt it does, it seems to occur silently and almost without us being aware. Our bodies are constantly changing.

We may particularly notice our physiological change as we age and we find some tasks more difficult than perhaps we may have done say five or ten years ago. I am not sure who said it; ‘change is the only constant in life’ this is so very true.

The Christian church and change have not had a comfortable relationship. In fact, when it comes to change and the church, many church auditoriums and meeting rooms bear witness to the change wars, of unfulfilled dreams, arguments over worship, crumbled visions, unresolved conflicts and more importantly broken relationships. All of which leaves me wondering, how can we embrace change in our congregation in ways, which are authentically compassionate, based on understanding and on love?

Any change we embark upon needs to be consistent with our mission statement of being an inclusive Christian community, seeking to make a difference, starting with our selves. I welcome your responses, thoughts and comments.

For your reflection:

“The things that got you to where you are today are not the things that will get you to where you need to be tomorrow.” George Barna, The Second Coming of the Church

Meanwhile Peace

Alf