“And suddenly you know. It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” --Meister Eckhart
As Jesus knew, going into the barren and uncomfortable places
isn’t about proving how holy we are, or how tough, or how brave.
It’s about letting God draw us into the place where we don’t
know everything, don’t have to know everything, indeed may be
emptied of nearly everything we think we know.
—Jan Richardson, “Discernment and Dessert in the Desert”
Although I have moved many times before, at this stage in my life I’m learning a lot about the challenge of leaving one place of dwelling for another. Harlan and I came to the Parsonage in Selkirk just after we were married on May 4, 2002. It was a place where our hearts rested into one another with a deepening love which the church community celebrated and embraced. So here are a few things I want to remember about this moving from one place to another:
First things first: “Let the Heart have its day!”…take time to grieve the sense of loss in our leaving and honor the abundance of grace we have been given.
One thing at a time…stop making long lists of what needs to be done. Those lists ask me to manage so much that I manage my soul into oblivion. To plan a little is good. To plan too much leaves no room for spontaneity and for listening for the invitations to live an authentic life.
Receive the gifts that are being offered with deep gratitude: “The offering of tender, encouraging words from friends and family, affirmations for the good decision we have made, a lovely basket of green and flowering plants from the church, etc., etc.
Return often to our former place, feed the birds, listen to the bird song, take a walk
Let go of what no longer is needed
Enjoy the new uncluttered space
Slow down and gaze often; don’t forget to breathe
Enjoy the discovery of all there is to love about this new place
Give God thanks…over and over
Be patient and know it is enough
Reflections from Ellen Ratmeyer…on the way