Reflections

From the office Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate
4/14/2019 9:28:00 AM
   
Apr. 13 - 14, 2019
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. - Psalm 139:9-10

Many people are homeless. Their belongings are all in one bag. They sleep outside. Some are urban pioneers and sleep on church steps or under overpasses. They don’t like shelters. They are shelter makers. Some have communities and know the schedules for the local soup kitchens. They rise at dawn. They depend on what can only be called the right hand of God. Even more people (and some of us) are spiritually homeless. We have a bed and sheets. We wonder if we should declutter or if we have too many belongings. We wonder if we are taking proper care of the furnace or the gutters. We also rise at dawn and reach out for the right hand of the Almighty and wonder where it went. Congregations are soup kitchens for the spiritually hungry. They are shelters for the spiritually homeless. Respite lodging for those of us who are in need of respite. Domiciles for the spirit. Nests for the baby bird in all of us, no matter how old we are. Habitats for all of humanity. Life is one long displacement and replacement. Where did we put that belonging that mattered the most to us? Not our cell phone or our keys. The belonging that matters most is our belonging to that right hand, the One habitually reaching for us.

Prayer: Father in heaven, when displacement and replacement follow us around, make a place for us, at your right hand.   Amen.

Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate, Ret.
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