Beginnings are a rich part of our spiritual heritage. Our scriptures start: “In the beginning…” and beginnings like birth, resurrection, sunrise and baptism are woven into the fabric of Christianity. Now we too are at a particular beginning.
This week, Steven and I drove our three pets and some personal belongings from Connecticut to Ohio and, with the help of many church members, began settling into our new home in Highland Square after the moving van arrived. Today, Steven flies back to spend this last month ministering in Farmington. The whirlwind of goodbying, packing, greeting and getting oriented reminds me of the hazy minutes each day between night and day.
There is a time in the twilight when I am not sure if it is night or day, a time when the memory and expectation of both times are equally present. Thinking of this analogy for both you and I – church and pastor – as we transition into a new day together, I offer the blessing from John O’Donohue, below. I pray it might inspire us to step boldly towards the future God is preparing and inviting us to.
I bless the night that nourished my heart
To set the ghosts of longing free
Into the flow and figure of dream
That went to harvest from the dark
Bread for the hunger no one sees.
All that is eternal in me
Welcomes the wonder of this day,
The field of brightness it creates
Offering time for each thing
To arise and illuminate.
I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Waves of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.
May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.
May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.
John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us