Posted by: jwhes | August 7, 2020

Moment from Trinity – August 4, 2020

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Gord reminded me last week that he missed the scripture readings for the week that we used to send out with the weekly announcements. So, from now on, we’ll have the scripture for the Sunday coming included in this moment.

Here are the readings for this Sunday August 9th and the one we’re focusing on is in bold: Genesis 37:1-4,12-28; Psalm 105:1-6,16-22, 45; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 – thanks Gord!

We have good news to share! The board has approved an outdoor service at Trinity and the date has been set for August 23rd at 10:45am! more news and guidelines to follow and know that the COVID-19 reopening committee has been working hard to keep everyone safe as we gather. We’ll share all the information as widely as possible and encourage you to do the same.

In preparation for the outdoor service and because our building has been essentially closed since March, we are holding our “spring clean-up” in August this year. Saturday August 15th at 9am, we need your help to spruce up our building. Again, more details will be shared in the next little while and we hope people will come by with their gloves, masks, aprons, pails, rakes and enthusiasm along with your best social distancing techniques to help us get Trinity ready for reopening.

Debbie writes thinking about knowing God, today:
The sunset. From the house I grew up in, the sunrise and sunset were always fully visible and I didn’t realize what a ‘prairie girl’ I was until I lived and studied in a small mountain village one summer. As glorious and adventuresome as that experience was, I sometimes just wanted to sweep the mountains away so I could see the horizon. Even now, where I live has so many tall trees so I like to take sunset walks on the open paths and small rises of the berm in the University Smart Park. I feel like I can breathe again, seeing that amazing sky. Last night was another such experience. I climbed the berm to take in the full glory of the sunset changing colour and cloud formation, minute by minute. The warm breeze felt like God’s caress and I felt such overwhelming peace and joy. I thought, surely the Kingdom must be like this.

In Joyce Rupp’s “Open the Door: A journey to the true self”, it begins with the quote by Jane R. Pretat:

“It’s as if we were caught in a darkened vestibule between an old way of being and a new…The doors of the past close behind us. The doors to the future are still unopened. Too often we forget that only by enduring our time in the liminal space between those doors, waiting for an opening, can we eventually move freely across a threshold into the future.”

And Rupp goes on to write, adding more from another author, Doris Klein indicated by [square brackets]:
“Liminal space is a twilight time when it is neither day nor night. Being in liminal space is like swinging on a trapeze. Once the handle is released there is nothing to hold onto until the handle on the other side is caught. We are no more sure of what lies beyond the threshold than the trapeze artist flying into the open in-between pace knows for sure she will catch the other handle. Liminality requires acceptance of mystery and a heart full of trust. [When these times of mystery seem endless and our souls become weary of the stretch to believe, our prayer must be a simple request — that we be reminded that we have not been abandoned in this place to wander forever alone…for it is often a silent flicker in our heart, the tiny voice within, that whispers wordlessly, ‘you are always loved. You are never alone’.]”

I cannot express this liminal time any better than this powerful image. I read those words over and over again, remembering liminal times I have struggled with, and moved through, emerging, knowing I have changed. As much as the struggle is part of my movement through this time, I know intimately that ‘being’ in this time is life-giving and has the potential for growth. And there comes a time when I cease struggling and let myself fall deeply into this liminal time, letting go of fear and wanting-to-know, to let it embrace me and my spirit so I may find a path to new life. It is then that I realize the gift of liminal time.

What have you discovered during liminal times in your lives? What new growth, new life, new opportunities have emerged for you? Is this COVID-19 time a liminal time? or not? Who/where/what have you discovered during this very different time?

Scripture for the day: O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:2).

Prayer for the week: Mysterious One, when I stand in liminality, you stand there with me. You hold my doubts, questions, darkness and disturbances in the safe embrace of your love. You will guide me to clarity and peace. I open the door of my heart to you. I open the door. Amen.

May blessing, peace and gift be a part of your week as we wander through the sun drenched days at the beginning of a new month,

Elizabeth


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