“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance.”
~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.
I feel the daylight getting longer, don’t you? Slowly, slowly, the evening light lingers a bit longer every day. And there’s nothing like sunshine to make everything sparkle this time of year. Even though there’s work to be done, challenges to address, and sorrows felt, the sunshine lifts my spirits and reminds me how good it is to be alive!
Our Soul Matters theme for February is perseverance. It seemed like a daunting topic to me until I dug deeper into the packet. In it, I was reminded that, whatever we wish to accomplish, perseverance in the long term requires that we take care of ourselves – that we hold one another not just accountable but with good humor and permission to rest when needed. This is the way justice work can be sustained in the long term. Our justice efforts in the last year have focused on understanding white supremacy. Gradually, like the confrontation between the rock and the stream, our understanding of what it means to be white, is like the stream that just might wear down the rock of racism. I’m hopeful because we’ve never understood ourselves so very well in the light of history and race as we do now. This month we’ll be looking at understanding what it means to be white in a fourpart class. If it proves successful we’ll offer it again. If this topic is not where your attention is focused right now, if you need to rest for a while, please know that that’s ok too. There are many ways to be engaged in our community.
I want to thank all of you who have supported our efforts to develop our new approach to hospitality through our Smooth Sunday teams. Together we make our community welcoming. I am excited to see these roll out as we work together to welcome one another to our Sunday services.
In love and faith,