This Week at Trinity Beamsville
Friday, January 15, 2020
It is strange to slowly clear out my office at Trinity. I haven’t been using it much, tending to work from home where I’d brought my essentials months ago. On Sunday afternoon I sat for awhile taking in the space. I mourned a little at the chairs that had sat for months, awaiting pastoral visits in person. I reflected on the way I’d adorned the office with precious objects, good books and encouraging words, hoping it would be a place of sanctuary for congregants who might visit. Though the physical space of my office has been vacant, know that you’ve all taken up much space in my heart all this time, and will continue to.
Okay, sappiness aside. I don’t know about you, but I am really needing a break from the news. I have been glued to it lately, with updates coming regularly from our provincial and federal government about the pandemic, and following the situation of our neighbours to the south with stunned disbelief. With so many voices and so much bad news, I decided to take some intentional time to pray and find stillness. To allow all those other voices to fall to my feet, and seek to attune to the higher call of Creator God. It is wise to stay informed and right to denounce evil, but it is also so important to recoil, refresh and come back into the peace, hope and love of God.
Are you like me? Do you need that this week? Here is a video that I’ve found helpful from New Eden Ministries. Filmed on the beautiful Manitoulin Island, it features a short story about St. Patrick and a chance to sit prayerfully while taking in the stunning scenes. I hope it is a gift to you; twelve minutes well spent, to nurture your spirit.
This week we continue in the season of Epiphany, looking at two call stories and what they may teach us about the character of God.
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