A Season for Wandering

After the heavy rains and flooding, this week I got to spend time in the almond orchards around my home. In fact, it was the morning of Ash Wednesday that I got to spend some time wandering. In some ways, Lent, which honors Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, is a season to honor how periods of wandering are crucial for our spiritual growth and well-being. Of course, I know life is overly full for many. Might there be a way, even 5 minutes, that you can find a way to wander?

Rend Your Heart-A Blessing for Ash Wednesday by Jan Richardson

To receive this blessing,img_20170301_080437886
all you have to do
is let your heart break.
Let it crack open.
Let it fall apart
so that you can see
its secret chambers,
the hidden spaces
where you have hesitated
to go.

Your entire life
is here, inscribed whole
upon your heart’s walls:
every path taken
or left behind,
every face you turned toward
or turned away,
every word spoken in love
or in rage,
every line of your life
you would prefer to leave
in shadow,
every story that shimmersimg_20170301_081242461_hdr
with treasures known
and those you have yet
to find.
It could take you days
to wander these rooms.
Forty, at least.

And so let this be
a season for wandering
for trusting the breaking
for tracing the tear
that will return you
to the One who waits
who watches
who works within
the rending
to make your heart
whole.

This Sunday, I look forward to worshiping with you all:  Wandering and Wild–When you find yourself wandering and wild, what can you hold onto? Worship leaders: Rev. Darcy Baxter, John Patton, and Sabine Klein.

After worship this Sunday, please join our Board of Trustees for a Financial Best Practices workshop with Rev. Jan Christian from the Unitarian Universalist Association. Via video-conference Rev. Christian will help us understand the financial management practices recommended for congregations like ours. All interested members are welcome to join. We will meet in the Education building.  Before attending, it would be helpful to review this material: http://www.uua.org/finance/management

Also after worship this SundayFamily Promise will be at UUFSC at 11:45 a.m in the sanctuary to give a presentation about their program. UUFSC partners with College Ave UCC and the Church of the Brethren to provide meal and overnight support.

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