PAUSE FOR THOUGHRevd Ali

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT

By June 7, 2020 No Comments

Pause for thought – Trinity Sunday – 7th June

Dear Friends,

We may regret not having been with Jesus and able to share his earthly ministry in the same way as the disciples were privileged to do; but in the gospels Jesus tells us he didn’t instruct them in everything; he left it to the Spirit to finish the work- and here we can, therefore, share the disciples experience.  We know what it’s like to go out as Christs ambassadors with the all-powerful Spirit in us, teaching and sustaining from the inside out.  So how are we doing, on our smaller pitch?

Some of you may be feeling as though you should be doing more and the restrictions on our movements at this time stopping our ministry?  If that’s the case, I share with you a reflection from Revd Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran Pastor and author to ponder on:

I do not know when we can gather together again in worship, Lord.

So, for now I just ask that:

When I sing along in my kitchen to each song on Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life Album, that it can be counted as praise.

And that when I read the news and my heart tightens in my chest, may it be counted as a Kyrie.

And that when my eyes brighten in a smile behind my mask as I thank the cashier may it be counted as passing the peace.

And that when I water the plants and wash my dishes and take a shower may it be counted as remembering my baptism.

And that when the tears come and my shoulders shake and my breathing falters, may it be counted as prayer.

And that when I stumble upon a Tabitha Brown video and hear her grace and love of you may it be counted as hearing a homily.

And that as I sit at that table in my apartment , and eat one more homemade meal, slowly, joyfully, with nothing else demanding my time or attention, may it be counted as communion.

Amen

 

With my love and blessings

Revd Ali x

 

Nadia BolzWeber is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, CO and the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs.