Saturday, October 17, 2009
Words of Wisdom
Prayers of Meditation
Something new is upon us,
and yet nothing is ever new.
We are alive in a fearsome time,
and we have been given new things to fear.
We've been delivered huge blows but also
huge opportunities to reinforce or reinvent our will,
depending on where we look for honor and how we name our enemies.
The easiest thing is to think of returning the blows.
But there are other things we must think about as well, other dangers we face.
A careless way of sauntering across the earth and breaking open its treasures,
a terrible dependency on sucking out the world's best juices
for ourselves—these may also be our enemies.
The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.
small wonder - barbara kingsolver - 2002
I ended my GSS workshop with these words from Barbara Kingsolver at the Day of Encouragement event at Redeemer University College. It was the Christian Reformed Church's 50th Annual event, pulling in churches from across the nation.