This Week at Trinity, Beamsville
Friday, October 22, 2021
This week I was very excited to add a beautiful, one-of-a-kind bowl to our family collection of treasures. When I say very excited, I mean very, very. It’s a precious creation, designed and given by an extremely gifted, and quietly but deeply generous branch of the Trinity family. Technically, our household is supposed to be able to enjoy the finest salads or whatever food we choose from this cradle of Manitoba maple. I said for now I’m more inclined to gaze on it, for the piece of art that it is. Time will tell, but it will always be held as beautiful and kind.
If ever you see this bowl of which I humbly boast (is that too contradictory?), you’ll notice an array of shapes and images; of unique patterns and intricate designs, grown into the heart of the wood, then brought to sight in the finishing stages of work. In something akin to cloud gazing, you could lose yourself in noticing and interpreting what’s there. A map of the world over here, perhaps; and a small red car over there? Is that a face on that edge, and maybe an old brass lamp on the other? The options are almost endless. The exercise is freeing, and offers wondrous insight into the inner, often unseen workings of God’s towering gifts.
The intricate and powerful gift of spiritual sight is what we’ll be thinking about this Sunday morning, and beyond. Starting with the story of Bartimaeus – the one that most Biblical versions insist on introducing as “Blind Bartimaeus” – we’ll spend some time gazing into Jesus’ invitation to be different than we are right now. That is not at all to contradict the recurring, unwavering message that God loves us as we are. It is to accept, simultaneously, God’s unwavering promise to accompany us on the way to being our most authentic selves. It is a lifelong journey of refocusing, naming, and healing, and, thanks be to God, it is a journey bound by God’s grace and merciful love.
So, what is that you see when you look out across our congregation, our community, our world? More importantly, who do you see? Where do you see, and then where do you feel God’s pull on our hearts, calling us into our most authentic, most honest expression of who and why we are created to be? How will we reclaim our understanding, our living of our place as disciples of Jesus? With generous courage, my friends; with generous, beautiful, courage, for now and for the future.
With love to you all,
“And therefore, this courage allows us, as the old men said, to make ourselves useful.
It allows us to be generous, which is another way of saying exactly the same thing.”
(Marilynne Robinson, Gilead)