Heart to Heart
Sunday 31 August 2014
It’s been a full week – with meetings and a burial, lots of preparation and a course on being more missional. I’ve felt (as if in my own body) the pain of colleagues going through tough times. Frederick Buechner (himself a Presbyterian minister and author) writes:
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”. This quote sustains me. It makes me realise that what I do has purpose and meaning.
Buechner continues: “The world is full of dark shadows, to be sure both the world without and the world within … But praise and trust him too for the knowledge that what’s lost is nothing to what’s found, and that all the dark there ever was, set next to light, would scarcely fill a cup.”
I like that: All the darkness scarcely fills a cup!
Often all we need is a bit of perspective. Sometimes, just someone to tell us that it isn’t as bad as it seems. So – let’s do that for each other this week. I will do it for you and you can do it for me. Let’s give each other a bit of perspective. In the context of God’s amazing love, nothing is impossible. Terrible things may happen but we have each other and we’re alive in God’s hands.
Here’s a prayer by Frederick Buechner:
“Lord, catch us off guard today. Surprise us with some moment of beauty or pain so that for at least a moment we may be startled into seeing that you are here with us in all your splendour, always and everywhere, barely hidden, beneath, beyond, within this life we breathe.”
Lots of love
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