May 3, 2013
I remember that when I lived in the North, this was a very strange time of year to come to southern
Canada. In Yellowknife or Iqaluit, the glorious thing
this time of year is the sunshine stretching further and further into the evening
hours. With all that sunlight, the snow is receding rapidly and the
winter is clearly over. That feels like spring until you travel south and find
the tulips in full bloom and joggers out in their shorts.
Now, I’m living in a place where the first week in May the lawns are green velvet, tiny leaves are unfurling on every twig, the birds are singing crazily, and the forsythia are in full bloom. After lots of warm spring rain in recent weeks, the earth has sprung back to life.
This weekend is predicted to be warm and sunny throughout. I guess I shouldn’t begrudge that fact that, along with those wonderfully dedicated members of the Executive of the General Council and supporting staff and volunteers, I’ll be inside the whole time! In fact, whether we get out and enjoy the sunshine or not, the gift of springtime bursting forth will be uplifting to all who toil over difficult budget decisions this weekend.
In preparation for work heavy with responsibility and emotion, I was blessed last week to take part in the Week of Guided Prayer at
This program originates with Hamilton Conference, but has been well used at
Islington and various other churches for years. Many of those at
the opening worship described themselves as returning participants, a testament
to the value found in this week of intentional practice of prayer. The
theme of hope resonated well with me. I confess to being less regular
than I aspire to be in my practice of praying with scripture, so it made so
much sense to have this week set aside to share with others in dedicated
practice. The private reading and prayer, the journaling, and the conversations
with my companion offered a balance to many of the other things going on in my
life. I liked it so well that I am hoping that we can do something
similar at the General Council Office in coming months. Islington United Church
Meanwhile, I turn to this week’s work with scriptural images and reflections to offer guidance – and hope.
May peace be with you.