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Farewell Readings

March 5, 2018

From Pastor Aline:

"As you formulate your next steps, may you  discern your identity and learn to express it with assertiveness as you hold sanctuary for the values you share. May you continue to make safe space for all in the Community. May you hold space for voices less privileged than your own. Most of all, may you go in Peace…Thank you for the  countless hugs, meals, letters, and hours of care....As we meet one another, wherever we are on the journey, pray that we can meet another with abundant grace."

 

“And this is it. This is the life we get here on earth. We get to give away what we receive. We get to believe in each other. We get to forgive and be forgiven. We get to love imperfectly. And we never know what effect it will have for years to come. And all of  it…all of  it is completely worth it.”  ― Nadia Bolz-Weber
 

Everyday Miracles by F. Forrester Church

“The power which I cannot explain or know or name I call  God.  God is not God’s name.  God is my name for the mystery that looms within and arches beyond the limits of my being.  When I pray to God, God’s answer comes to me from within, not beyond. God’s answer is yes, not to the specifics of my prayer but in response to my hunger for meaning and peace.

Choose life and trust life.  Grow in service and love. Take nothing for granted.  Be thankful for the gift.  Suffer well.  Dare to risk much.  Consecrate your world with laughter and tears.  And know not what I am or who I am or how I am, know only that I am with you.

This is God’s answer to my prayer.  There are times when God is not with me, many times - times of distraction, fragmentation, alienation, brokenness.  But when I open myself to God, incrementally my wholeness is restored. Perhaps that which I call the mystery of God is no more than the mystery of life itself. I cannot know, nor do I care, because the power that emanates from deep within the heart of this mystery is redemptive.  It is divine. By opening myself to it, without ever hoping or presuming to understand it, I find peace. The mystery of God will remain a mystery. That, I suppose, is as it should be.  Anything less would fail to do justice to the everyday miracles of consciousness, of love and pain, of life and death. Responding to these miracles, responding to God’s yes, I can do no other than to answer yes in         return.”  

 

Where is God?  - Mark Nepo
It’s as if what is unbreakable-
the very pulse of life-waits for
everything else to be torn away,
and then in the bareness that
only silence and suffering and
great love can expose, it dares
to speak through us and to us.
It seems to say, if you want to last,
hold on to nothing. If you want
to know love, let in everything.
If you want to feel the presence
of everything, stop counting the
things that break along the way.   

 

REVEAL    - Deb Allerton

Through tears

my pen writes itself.

Words bleed

from untamable Source .

Pain,

be a teacher.

Discord,

I’m listening…

A soul can’t breathe

if you silence the heart.

 

In pain,

a crying for the cost…

In pain,

a calling for what refuses to be lost.

Courage,

are you there?

Voices are waiting to be heard.

Let love silence fear.

Let compassion rise.

Let Wisdom reveal

where blame and judgement cease

where what we hold dear

is within reach.

 

Isaiah 55:10-12 NRSV

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

 

goodbyes sometimes hurt
when the story is not finished but 
the book is closed.   
~jnd

 

STOPPING BY WOODS 
ON A SNOWY EVENING
BY ROBERT FROST

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   
My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   
He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.
 

The Blessing
Celtic Woman

In the morning when you rise
I bless the sun, I bless the skies
I bless your lips, I bless your eyes
My blessing goes with you
In the night time when you sleep
Oh, I bless you while a watch I keep
As you lie in slumber deep
My blessing goes with you
This is my prayer for you
There for you, ever true
Each every day for you
In everything you do
And when you come to me
And hold me close to you
I bless you
And you bless me too
When your weary heart is tired
If the world would leave you uninspired
When nothing more of love's desire
My blessing goes with you
When the storms of life are strong
When you're wounded, when you don't belong
When you no longer hear my song
My blessing goes with you
This is my prayer for you
There for you, ever true
Each every day for you
In everything you do
And when you come to me
And hold me close to you
I bless you
And you bless me too
I bless you
And you bless me too

Songwriters: Brendan Graham / David Downes
 

Traditional Gaelic Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May you be held in the palm of God's hand.

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