Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Meditation for January 29

In my meditations over the past few months I have leaned heavily on two thoughts. The first is: Don’t fret. Be peace.

The second one is: there is nothing that needs to be changed. It is this one that really caught me up short: there is nothing that needs to be changed.

Like a blow to the gut this simple phrase gets at my tendency to fix, to meddle, to want something other than what I have in this moment in time.

I found myself repeating it throughout the day. As I laid these words out in my heart over and over I could feel a sense of calmness, an inkling of the words of Julian of Norwich:
and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

As I look around our community of faith I confess that at times I get very caught up in wanting things to be different: more people in worship, more shared leadership, more time for pastoral care, more hours in the day to do difficult reading and thinking. And yet moment by moment this is true: there is nothing that needs to be changed.

What this meditation is allowing me to do is to dwell with a sense of quietness—the noise in my head decreases significantly when I remember this truth, and trust—God is in this moment, the next one, the next . . .

blessings + peace, Laurie