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.


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,


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