Discovering New Life
Kat Goheen of Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.” -Mark 13:31-33
Yesterday I was adopted by a grasshopper. I was walking barefoot in my favourite labyrinth, and this grasshopper jumped right next to my toe as I prepared to turn to an inner loop. I stopped…looked…bent down…touched his back leg; he just looked back up at me. I touched him again, sure that he would leap! He just looked up, and in his look, I read the thought that he felt he had tamed me. We crouched there together on that stone, gazing at one another-equals in holy space.
This unfolding time of global pandemic is characterized by fear of illness and the stranger, and by anger at selfish policies and reckless behaviour. To a one-inch grasshopper, would I not inspire that same fear and anger? Fight or flight?
There is new life growing in us, growing out of the ash of disappointments and losses we have faced. We are discovering more emptiness. We are learning spaciousness. The gravity of our values is shifting toward connection and away from blind striving.
I do not know where my summer friend went. I blinked first and stood, continuing my journey into the heart of the labyrinth alone. Yet not alone at the same time, as my new friend stood holding the space for me.
In this quiet space of Advent waiting, I invite the summer seed of grasshopper courage into my heart. I choose to be still when dark futures rise before my vision. I choose to wait when I am touched by the realities of pandemic living. I allow myself to be adopted by the great work that pulls us together and shines the remembrance of hope in darkness. I welcome new life that may yet grow into a saving energy. The Messiah is being born into our world, and so are we. May it be so.
“Trust what is being born.”
Jesus, the Peaceful One
We have spent this year with a guiding question: Are we moving closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One? As we near the end of this calendar year, we review how this question has been shaping and forming us. In our thoughts, words, and actions, have we been embodying Jesus, the Peaceful One? What might it look like to move closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One as we make space in our lives for Christ incarnate this Advent season?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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