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“Even though I walk in the dark valley, I fear no evil, for you are at my side. With your rod and your staff you give me courage.”
These words from Psalm 23, probably the best known of all the psalms in the Hebrew Scriptures, jumped out at me this morning. Then I read that Jesus called his apostles to come away from the crush of the crowds “to a deserted place” for some rest – most likely, for a chance to gain some clarity and reassess what was happening so as to refuel for the re-entry into the ministry that was theirs.
Having arrived in Stonington, Maine yesterday to the shared joy of being with a dozen colleagues whose presence I have enjoyed variously at different “wisdom schools” over the past ten years, I am aware of a similar call to “come away” for fearless and deep reflection on our call to meet the challenges in our country today. Our work will be rigorous and internal, but work it will surely be. Perhaps the outcome will be so subtle as to go undetected by “the crowds” but we will surely be more committed to our spiritual practices and more certain that there is a way forward, although its evolution may still be in seed, thereby impossible to comprehend.
This message itself may be similarly “impossible to comprehend” but I am reminded of a quote on a card that has been in my small treasure box for decades. It says: In the stillness is the dancing, and this morning, that is enough for me to know.
Dorothy Hathway Forbes said:
Totally agree! Personally, I’ve found that only in the “work”, can I find strength. And only in sitting and seeing the creation that surrounds me can I understand (and know more of) who I am and what I want/need to do. Although my library of books and tapes, over the years, has offered support and understanding, paper and words are really only that. Yep, it is still difficult and frequently appears risky. I live by John of the Cross’s “The Ascent of Mount Carmel”, Book 1, ch.13, v.11 (entire). Psalm 23 is a great companion for that verse…:)
Have a wonderful time, and know that you’re in my prayers.
Thanks, Dot. Always a pleasure…