Got to the church earlier today. Walked through the housing estate flanking it. A little canal runs through the estate and past the church; it’s drained of water now, but I imagine it quite pretty when filled.
People were just waking up. So it was a quiet, cool, unhurried walk with a steady, reflective rhythm. Thought about the week: encounters with people; things I’ve seen and heard; tasks completed and hanging; and little reminders that dotted the days.
Learnt that it was Communion Sunday. The table was in front, silver trays holding tiny cups of tart wine, and even tinier and very broken bits of unleavened bread. From where I was sitting, the trays sat right above the words “In Remembrance of Me” that were carved out of the side of the wooden tabletop. The truly important thing, made visible by a careful mix of boundary and void.
I wonder what the boundaries and voids of my week spelt out?
“Everyone knows they re going to die,’ he said again, ‘but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently. The truth is…once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” “Because,” Morrie continued, “most of us all walk around as if we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience the world fully, because we’re half-asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do. …When you realize you are going to die, you see everything much differently.” – Tuesdays with Morrie
“Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt for others is produced in our lives. … Beware of posing as a profound person – God became a baby. … We are safeguarded by the shallow things of life. We have to live the surface, commonsense life in a commonsense way. Then when God gives us the deeper things, they are obviously separated from the shallow concerns. Never show the depth of your life to anyone but God. We are so nauseatingly serious, so desperately interested in our own character and reputation, we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.” – My Utmost For His Highest
My Kindness Shall Not Depart From Thee
And with everlasting kindness will I succor thee,
And with mercy will I take thee ‘neath my wings.
For the mountains shall depart,
And the hills shall be removed,
And the valleys shall be lost beneath the sea,
But know, my child,
My kindness shall not depart from thee!
Let It Be Said Of Us
Let it be said of us
That the Lord was our passion
That with gladness we bore
Every cross we were given
That we fought the good fight
That we finished our course
Knowing within us the power of the risen Lord