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Salt and Light (Mar. 17, 2017)

I want to share with you another ‘blessing’ by Jan Richardson, entitled ‘Blessing of the Well.’

If you stand
at the edge
of this blessing
and call down
into it,
you will  hear
your words

return to you.

If you lean in
and listen close,
you will hear
this blessing
give the story
of your life

back to you.

Quiet you voice.
Quiet your judgment.
Quiet the way
you always tell
your story

to yourself.

Quiet all these
and you will hear
the whole of it:
the spaces
in the telling,
the gaps
where you hesitate

to go.

Sit at the rim
of this blessing.
Press your ear
to its lip,
its sides,
its curves
that were carved out
long ago
by those whose thirst
drove them deep,
those who dug
into the layers
with only their hands

and hope.

Rest yourself
beside this blessing
and you will
begin to hear
the sound of water

entering the gaps.

Still yourself
and you will feel it
rising up within you,
filling every emptiness,
springing forth

anew.

And then some announcements/reminders:
If you are able, please bring new women’s pajamas, nightgown or robe with you on Sunday. We will deliver them to Elizabeth Gregory Home to answer their request for these clean clothes for their clients.
Next Sunday, March 26, we will have our first ‘retreat’, collectively planning the weeks of spring and Easter. How will we bring our commitment to mission and the needs of our community together? How will we grow as individuals and a faith community in a season of planting and growing? Bring your thoughts and ideas; our worship will look and feel different on the 26th.

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