Look — your life a candle, this day a match.
Strike it, and see what blazes,
what fire comes to sing in you.
~ Jan Richardson
from The Cure for Sorrow
What a wonderful image for this time of year, the time of returning light, of “Silent Night” sung by the light of candles. This has been a powerful and important year in the life of this community, not just because you moved from one building to another (though that was indeed a huge undertaking). What feels most important to me about this year in the life of this congregation is that you moved together from fear to wonder to resolve. I loved hearing Allen Perry and Paul Moss offer their reflections on the year this morning in worship, and then others of you, too – longtime members and newer folks – sharing your joy at being part of this wonderful community of faith and of justice-making. Let’s keep sharing these stories; they are sacred.
As the year comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on my great fortune to have found you, to be sharing in this part of your story. May we continue to find ways to equip and encourage each other to be a blessing to our beautiful and aching world.
Wishing you all the blessings of the season. It is good to be together.
Peace and love to you,