Dear Uniting Church Friends,
Welcome to this weeks Prayerful and Pastoral Reflections.
Since enjoying a quiet week of reflection and reading, we have been deliberately tuning out of the daily “noise” that surrounds this pandemic, and spending more time in a less conflicted space. It has been good to tune out of the complaining and the bickering in the media.
In addition, I have been reading “Turning Down the Noise”, described as ‘A Great Australian Journalist on a deeply personal assignment: treading bravely, beautifully into the wonder of silence.’
The ancient story of Moses in the desert (Exodus 17) reminds us that noise and complaining has always been a part of our human story. Perhaps you have already asked yourself the question “Is God with us or not?” in relation to this current time. As a prayerful community, we affirm and celebrate the presence of God even when when our experience seems to contradict our words.
Give my soul the longing, YHWH, that I might expect in all the everydayness the light of justice will break through and the word of promise will be heard
and the act of kindness will be recognised and then celebrated as a gift from you that changes that wilderness moment into a kingdom event.
This plea from Roddy Hamilton gives us permission to stand in that place of doubt and faith, the wilderness of our current time, and wait on God’s promise.
I also found the words of Fr Michael Casey, quoted in “Turning Down the Noise”, resonating with the Moses story. We are being given an opportunity to put things aside and focus in on the reality of who we really are – to “… accept that and respond to that and to be that person.”
I hope you are able to make the most of this time to explore what prayer and meditation mean for you.
We are a prayerful community.
We invite you to find a quiet moment to meditate with these reflections, pondering how we discover more about our true selves, and setting aside distractions and avoidances.
Love and Blessings to you all.
Charles and Kerrie
27 September 2020