Of three boats

Dear Companions and friends,

From my home office, I can see the Sound.  This morning during my quiet pause with Jesus, I glanced toward the water where I saw three boats: a tug, a speed and a sail.  The tug was towing two over-filled freight barges, lumbering along in what felt to my eyes as slow and heavy hauling.  It was making steady progress but it looked like hard, hard work.  The speed boat zipped right past in full flurry and wide wake.  Efficiently applied power pushed past the persistent, weighted tug.  I quietly hoped the speed at least waved as it passed the tug; alas, it likely was fixated on its destination or just the thrill of its capacity for speed.  And then there was the sailboat, floating off in the distance, sail poised, inviting the breeze.  All three heading in the same direction, and yet beyond the tug and the speed, the sail appeared expectant, willingly reliant upon the rhythms of water, wind and sail.  It looked and felt…whole.

Hmmmm….

The speed and the tug have passed…the sail lingers.

Watching the sail receive the wind, and the wind fill the sail, I take a deep breath myself and feel most grateful that this day ahead does not depend upon my energies alone.

I also rehearse two of our Selah values:

“We welcome God’s love as the true Source of our being and our becoming,” and

“We relate to God with receptive hearts and minds, nurtured in the way of Christ Jesus.”

Aaahh…deep breaths…full sails.

So be it.

Peace and love to you in this good day,

John

It is dry, then there’s God’s love

Dear Companions and friends,

It’s dry.  Brittle, crunching, flammable dry.

It’s serious dry.  It’s dangerous dry.

A few months ago we scratched our heads as those desperate for rainfall watched neighbors a few states over try to navigate and survive torrential flooding.  Dark, promising clouds gather and yet drift on their drop-less way at the sun’s persistence.  From sea level to mountain top, from coast to coast, it’s dry.

And then there is God’s love.  No matter the season, God’s love is.  Ever-present.  Constant. Thorough.  Incarnational.  Torrential.  And truth be told…Dangerous.  It’s God’s love.

One of our expressed values as the Selah community is that “We affirm God’s initiating love, expressed profoundly in Christ Jesus.”

We recognize that God does not and cannot turn off or cease loving.  Each breath comes from Love and bursts with Love.  All that is is because of God’s Love.  The beloved apostle writes that without Love nothing was made that has been made.

Aaaahh…God’s Love…always initiating, always flowing, always drenching my life with expression and invitation.

Recalling an image from a poem I heard long ago, my prayer today is that I come into this day, stepping into the constant flow of God’s Love, carrying not a thimble but buckets!!

So be it.

Peace and love to you in this good day.

John