Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
At our Zoom Coffee Hour following our Sunday service on October 25th, we talked about our 171st Diocesan Convention that occurred on October 17th. Bishop Marc spoke of replacing our false world with a world of truth and love. We discussed the Gospel of John, Chapter 14, verses 1through 6. I have also added a poem entitled, “Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte to address our feeling of loneliness but please remember that we are not alone as God is always walking with us.
Peace and love,
Listen to Deacon Lauren’s reflection.
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
SWEET DARKNESS by David Whyte
When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone
No part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb tonight.
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of aloneness to learn
anything or anyone that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.