It is a great pleasure to welcome Beulah Durrheim to CMM this morning. Beulah will be sharing the Good news today. I am away (with 70 or so others from the congregation) in Simon’s Town for our annual congregation camp. We will be worshiping this morning with a towering mountain behind us and rolling seas before us and fresh air within us. We will bring pictures to show you next week.
While we are away this weekend our time will be punctuated with prayerful reflection. We will have 6 opportunities of 30 minutes each to sit silently and to practice Sabbath time keeping.
As Wayne Muller writes in There is No Rush:
“The [way] of progress forces us to act before we are ready. We speak before we know what to say. We respond before we feel the truth of what we know. In the process, we inadvertently create suffering, heaping imprecision upon inaccuracy, until we are all buried under a mountain of misperception.
But Sabbath says, Be still. Stop. There is no rush to get to the end, because we are never finished. Take time to rest, and eat, and drink, and be refreshed. And in the gentle rhythm of that refreshment, listen to the sound the heart makes as it speaks the quiet truth of what is needed.”
Be still. Stop.