Pastor’s Corner: September 2016

Our unannounced visit was welcomed as much as our offer to help with the day’s work. Thursday is my stepson Rob’s day-off. The day he works in his yard. Father and son attended to the lawn and lawn sprinklers while my attention was on laundry and the granddaughters – and the pool.  

The girls and I decided to go in for a bit of a swim. How I love the water. The water was warm and quite a bit clearer than the day before thanks to the ‘shock’ chemicals Rob added the night before. As I walked through the chest-high water, the measured steps and gentle resistance brought a sense of peace to my soul – it always does.  The girls joined my water-walk. Their giggles and chatter brought a brightness to the peace. The bits of leaves and twigs and bugs rapidly whirled around us as our walk became more deliberate. 

“Now turn around and walk against the current.” I said to the girls. The youngest one lifted her feet to turn but was carried around in the strength of the current, laughing the whole time. The older did her best to ‘stand her ground’ against the current eventually taking one step forward and then another.  She, too, giggled at this game and challenge. I turned and faced the current, determined to step forward into the current pushing against me. Slow, intentional steps moved me forward. After a few moments of this hard work out, with the youngest floating past me, I regained my step and stride and began creating a current in the opposite direction.   

Our lives have currents and tides, sometimes predictable – sometimes not, but there are definitely tides and currents. What I noticed during this water-walking meditation were three responses to the oncoming current. 

  1. Turn head-on and walk into the oncoming current/storm/crisis… 

because sometimes you ‘gotta do what you gotta do’.

  1. Turn head-on and stand your ground against the oncoming current/storm/crisis…

because sometimes you gotta gather up strength before stepping ahead.

  1. Turn head-on and pick up your feet and ‘go with the flow’ of the oncoming current/storm/crisis… because sometimes you gotta enjoy the ride.

How do we know if it’s the time to push forward, to stand your ground, or ‘go with the flow’? I don’t know. Maybe it comes from the sense of peace and calm that accompanies or directly follows the choice? Or maybe it’s in the following through of the decision?  One thing I am sure of, is that we need to live in the moment more and become more open to the presence of God’s Love and Grace accompanying us in every moment; through every tide and in every current.  

The girls got out well before I was ready to leave the water.  I asked Rob if he would hook up the pool vacuum so I could continue with my water-walking meditation.  Back and Forth, Side to Side. Slow enough to not stir up the twigs and bugs and leaves. Walking with intention, reflecting on the changes made by the slight ripples or disturbance by the suction.  How beautiful the blueness of the sky next to the greenness of the trees. How lovely the contrasting occasional white cloud is against the blueness and greenness. There is Peace and Joy in the disturbances … and laughter, too. 

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Chellie


The Secret O’ Life
James Taylor © 1977 on his album “JT”

The secret of life Is enjoying the passage of time.
Any fool can do it, There ain’t nothing to it.
Nobody knows how we got to the top of the hill.
But since we’re on our way down, 
We might as well enjoy the ride.

The secret of love Is in opening up your heart.
It’s okay to feel afraid, But don’t let that stand in your way.
‘Cause anyone knows that love is the only road.
And since we’re only here for a while, 
Might as well show some style. 
Give us a smile.

REFRAIN:
Isn’t it a lovely ride?
Sliding down, gliding down,
Try not to try too hard, 
It’s just a lovely ride.

Now the thing about time is that time isn’t really real.
It’s just your point of view, How does it feel for you?
Einstein said he could never understand it all.
Planets spinning through space, 
The smile upon your face, 
Welcome to the human race.


REFRAIN:
Some kind of lovely ride. 
I’ll be sliding down, I’ll be gliding down.
Try not to try too hard, 
It’s just a lovely ride.
Isn’t it a lovely ride? 
Sliding down, gliding down,
Try not to try too hard, 
It’s just a lovely ride.
The secret of life Is enjoying the passage of time.

 

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