One’s life expands or shrinks in proportion to one’s own courage. ~ Anais Nin
I write to you from a warm afternoon in late September. It still feels like summer but I feel the decreasing length of daylight and I see the changing colors; we are in autumn. The world beyond this afternoon in the White Mountains feels simultaneously beautiful and terrible. We have witnessed, mostly from afar, the destruction brought about by the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the earthquake in Mexico. Many of us worry for our country, we worry for each other, and we are anxious because the times are truly uncertain. And yet, this afternoon is peaceful and mild and frankly, beautiful. The contrast reminds me of the hymn My Life Flows On In Endless Song. You may know it:
My Life goes on in endless song above earth’s lamentations,
I hear the real though far off hymn that hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing.
It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing! *
This seems to be our human dilemma, to simultaneously mourn and celebrate the world as it is. Perhaps it is our daily task, to embody both the tragic and the joyous. Perhaps this is truly what it means to be human. I think it takes courage to be wholly human, to hear the echo in our souls.
Our Soul Matters theme for October is courage and no doubt there are many ways to engage in this topic. Sometimes we need courage just to get up in the morning. Sometimes courage comes from rage, while other times, courage seeps slowly in as we realize our potential. I hope you’ll have a chance to engage this topic either in a Soul Matters Sharing Circle or by paging through the packet yourself. You can find it on our website at http://starrkingfellowship.org/ soul-matters/.
Meanwhile, things have been hopping here at Starr King UU Fellowship. The board had a successful board retreat led by our Unitarian Universalist Association staff person Hilary Allen. All our committees have begun to meet and plan. Sarah Dan Jones, Jane Clay, and I have been putting our heads together to plan worship. We’re off and running!
I’m especially looking forward to introducing a once-a-month vespers service. I hope you’ll join us for our first vespers service on Friday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. in our sanctuary. We’ll meet for a casual all-generations service for about thirty minutes and then get together to share pizza and each other’s company.
In Love and Faith, Rev. Linda
*Words: Traditional Music: Robert Lowry (1826-1899)