May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.
~ Apache Blessing
I love a blessing, the verb even more than the noun. As you know, a verb expresses action. To bless then, is to act with the loving intent for another, to desire something from a heart of a deep love for the world. Sometimes we bless with words, other times we bless with our actions. Even sitting quietly with another in pain can be a blessing.
The fact that our soul matters theme this month is blessing feels just right to me. As we wrap up this regular “church” year, I feel that we have offered and received much in the way of blessing. The attendance at our annual meeting and our support of a Black Lives Matter banner, honestly, astounded me. We did the slow and deliberate work of study, covenant, and vulnerability together as we explored the White Supremacy System. Then we acted, together as a community, to build a better world – to bless the world. In this way, we are the verb form, we are blessing. While we are poised for what’s next, especially engaging the wider community, I think now is a good time to celebrate and find joy in the work that we’ve accomplished.
As we move into the rhythm of summer days, I hope you have time to receive blessings from the earth – the warmth and sunshine are oh, so welcome especially this year. I hope you are blessed with whatever you need to restore your body, your soul, or your intellect. I will be doing the same. July, by my contract with Starr King, is my time off. Please know that while I will not be in the office or the pulpit, I am available and committed to being your minister in times of emergency (even in July). You can always reach me by contacting anyone on the pastoral care team.
We will end our regular “church” year on June 17th with a flower communion. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to join in this colorful celebration that beautifully celebrates the earth and our community, and our truly amazing year.
In Love and Faith, Rev. Linda