Tuesday, June 20, 2017
A Braided Trajectory
There are several currents moving in, around and through our lives as the people of the Church of the Advent in Madison, GA in the year 2017. Think spiritual, political, regional, financial, historical, personal, physical, communal, tribal and on and on.
We're like a rope with multi-colored strands woven regularly and irregularly so that sometimes there's a pattern of texture and color and sometimes the pattern is lost causing the rope to bulge or stretch and some colors to be lost behind one or two. Still a rope but less reliable for sure.
Most of us live with an intuitive sense of this pattern and balance. Some of us can and do focus particularly on a subset of strands. Some look ahead, others look back and compare now and then.
No matter our individual emphases or interests we share this braided-ness with each other. Part of that sharing is how we contribute to the patterns and balance. Another part is how we interrupt or misdirect the weaving.
Thanks be to God we are a community, a koinonia, shareholders. We are not without the means or resources to contribute on each other's behalf toward a balanced and beautiful weaving. That shareholding goes by many names: Pastoral Care Committee, Pledging, ROTA, DOK, Vestry, Altar Guild, Choir and on and on.
Some of who we are is colored and sized by the world outside our walls, by the world before and after worship and by the world we remember and visit that isn't directly related to Advent. Think families, work, news. There are others.
Each one of us can learn to manage that effect and still bring to our shared lives a balance of dark and light, weak and strong, broken and unbroken strands. That's one of the marvels of this braided trajectory, that it is made of all kinds and conditions of strands.
So . . . bring it! Join this incredibly intricate and strong and varied and developing religion. The word means tied back to God. Join us! Make your contribution! Look to support each other by regularity and by a trusting attention to the surprises and gifts of irregularity and new strands.
As summer moves around us say a prayer and ask God to help you to see your part in this movement in, around and through our lives as the people of the Church of the Advent in Madison GA in the year 2017.